TEMECULA – While summer is a break from school, the Sylvan Learning Center of Temecula doesn’t believe that the time off should also be a break from learning. A recent survey from Sylvan Learning found that on average kids spend significantly more of their free time playing outside (30%), playing video games (17%) and watching TV (18%) than reading (12%).
Additionally, research has shown that kids should read at least five books over the summer, yet 46 percent of tweens are reading four or fewer books according to their parents.
To help parents get kids excited to read this summer, Sylvan Learning of
Temecula has compiled the following summer reading list for tweens in grades four through eight, based on the most popular books on Sylvan’s Book Adventure website (www.bookadventure.com).
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
2. Harry Potter
3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians
4. The Hunger Games series
5. Charlotte’s Web
7. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
8. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
10. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Sylvan Learning of Temecula also offers the following advice to help parents get their kids excited about reading this summer.
Let kids choose: Instead of requiring kids to read the classics over the summer, let them choose a book they are interested in reading. According to parents surveyed, 65 percent said that letting the child choose the book helps get him or her 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 kids 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.
For additional information, contact Cynthia Weaver of Sylvan Learning located in Temecula at (951) 506-0300 or