Summer: Boost Reading Skills and Christian Growth
Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
School is out, and summer is here. If you have children, you know that they look forward to a much-needed break from the classroom and very intense learning and studying. But, just because summer is here, doesn’t mean they should abandon the books. There are many studies that show children fall behind in reading skills, and other academic skills when they don’t continue summer reading. Young children, however, need more than just having access to books. They need guidance to make sure that they the books are age appropriate and they are developing comprehension skills as well. The best way to develop comprehension is to ask questions, and that’s where parental involvement is so vital. If you are also wanting to build spiritual understanding and growth, then reading with your children during the summer can incorporate biblical teaching as well, and this can be a great bonding time.
This summer, my soon to be 10 year old is at that age where she really enjoys reading together and wants to be asked questions.
For the summer, we have chosen 2 reading projects.
1. We are continuing on our year round reading of The Chronicles of Narnia. I began reading this series of fictional books by C.S.Lewis to my now 20-year-old daughter, and she enjoyed this so much that she makes us wait for her to be available to read the Narnia stories as well. After we read a chapter, we then read the corresponding chapter bible study guide from the book A Family Guide to Narnia by Christin Ditchfield. It is always fun to see the spiritual parallels and life applications this author describes. There are scripture verses to look up and questions for your children to answer.
2. In addition, with my younger child, we are using the BibleEye series of bible study quizzes. The New Testament books are about $2.99 each for e-book format. If you have an Amazon Prime Membership, you can borrow them for free from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. I have noticed that as we read scripture together, she has a lot of questions and needs explanation of what scriptures may be referring to or what a particular word may mean. It opens up great discussion opportunity as well as opportunity to teach how to use other biblical resources to understand scriptures better (ie commentaries, dictionaries).
Deuteronomy 6:7 – And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Hopefully, you will be inspired to find a source of incorporating reading time together with age appropriate material for your child that also provides opportunity for spiritual learning. Let the Lazy Days of Summer, be relaxing and filled with fun time together.
PRAYER FOR YOU: May you gain wisdom and knowledge as you study God’s Word, but may you also realize the vital importance of including your children in that pursuit. May you be blessed in your endeavors to teach them at an early age to explore the wonders of His Word, and to grow in understanding of His Love.
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