PLAINFIELD — While summer is a break from school, Sylvan Learning Centers in the Plainfield area don’t believe that the time off should also be a break from learning.
A recent survey from Sylvan Learning found that on average, children spend significantly more of their free time playing outside (30 percent), playing video games (17 percent) and watching TV (18% percent) than reading (12 percent).
Additionally, research has shown that children should read at least five books over the summer, yet 46 percent of tweens are reading four or fewer books.
To help students get excited about reading over the summer, Sylvan Learning has compiled a summer reading list for tweens in grades four through eight, based on the most popular books on Sylvan’s Book Adventure website at www.bookadventure.com.
Recommended books include Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Hunger Games series, Charlotte’s Web, Hatchet, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Holes, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
The learning specialists at Sylvan Learning in Plainfield also offer the following advice to help parents get their children excited about reading over the summer months:
• Let them choose — Instead of requiring children to read the classics over the summer, let them choose a book they’re interested in reading. According to parents surveyed, 65 percent said that letting the child choose the book helps get them interested in reading it.
• Rewards can work — So many of today’s popular tween books are also movies, and a trip to the movies can be a great reward for finishing a book. Forty percent of parents said watching the movie after the book helps get their children excited about reading.
• Find out what their friends are reading — Forty-six percent of parents said their child gets interested in reading a book because their friends are reading it. According to parents, the most popular genres among tweens are humor, fantasy, adventure, and books made into movies.
For more information on Sylvan Learning, visit the website at www.SylvanLearning.com.