by Trent Baumbach
Summertime is the perfect time for students to explore new interests. Yet while students are often most excited about the freedom of summer break, international school students in Japan often find that the distinctly global environment at their school can disappear once summer break begins.
That’s where summer reading comes in.
Teachers and parents globally recognize the value of summer reading. According to the Scholastic Teacher & Principal School Report, a remarkable 96% of educators concur that year-round access to books, especially during summer, is vital in enhancing student achievement. Similarly, the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report shows that 94% of parents agree that summertime reading will positively influence their child’s academic performance in the subsequent school year.
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Paired with structured academic support, whether through private lessons with a tutor or group English classes, summer reading can help international school students achieve the following academic results:
Beyond academics, summer reading has lifelong benefits with applications beyond the classroom. Some of these include:
If your child has not been the biggest fan of reading in the past, giving them the freedom to choose their own books can be impactful. An impressive 89% of children affirm that they are more likely to read and enjoy books that they’ve selected themselves. In addition, some students may prefer graphic novels or comic books, with vibrant and visually appealing formats that make reading more enjoyable, especially for visual learners.
Furthermore, the structured environment of group classes can help students focus deeper on the academic and personal benefits of reading. By reading through a novel in a small group, analyzing its characters and plot together, and working on paired writing assignments, students can boost their reading comprehension skills while learning how to collaborate with their peers.
Alternatively, working one-on-one with a private tutor can give students the chance for a more custom reading experience, through English books or reading passages. Tutors can work with students to not only grow their love of reading, but to identify specific opportunities to improve their reading comprehension skills.
In conclusion, summer reading plays an integral part in a student’s life, contributing not only to academic success but also to the development of empathy, understanding, and a lifelong love for learning. Encouraging children to read more, particularly during the summer, is one of the greatest investments in their learning, as today’s young readers are tomorrow’s leaders, thinkers, and creators.
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