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August 6, 2013 > Summer reading tips

Summer reading tips

Submitted By Jennifer Tucker

The school year has ended and students have begun relaxing on summer break... and hopefully they'll be continuing to learn, too!

Barbara Dianis, an education mentor for over 21 years, says continuing to review old concepts, learn new ones, and stretch the mind during summer break is imperative to students entering the next school year prepared. Here are seven tips she outlines for setting your student up for summer success:

Set aside time for your student to read each day during summer break - 15 to 30 minutes is all it takes, and the time will fly by!

Students should practice affixes and vocabulary words to help improve their reading and spelling skills - make it a fun game by putting together flashcards.

Work on 3-4 math problems a day that the student learned during the previous school year so their mathematical skills don't get rusty.

To improve reading comprehension, consider offering your child or teenager a reading comprehension workbook, which will test them with self-quizzes.

Review the past grade level's grammar concepts and begin to work on the next year's concepts - 2-4 grammar lessons a week will do.

Have your student write a creative paragraph each week - it will improve their written language skills and is a fun and creative activity!

Pinpoint the subject that your child had the most trouble with the previous school year and make sure to work in some practice in this area each day.

By following the simple steps above, your child will enter the new school year feeling refreshed and confident - part of what Dianis says is such an important part of restoring our students' "academic self-esteem!"

Barbara Dianis holds a B.A. Degree in Education and Special Education, as well as a Master's Degree in Education, Special Education Pre-k- 12th, Language Learning Disabilities, and Psychometry. She is the Founder and CEO of Dianis Educational Systems and author of the new book Don't Count Me Out! For more information, visit

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