Extracurricular reading

Extracurricular reading
Extracurricular reading

The summer reading list is an excuse to show your child that reading is fun.

extracurricular reading

At the end of the school year, as a rule, children are given a list of books for the summer. Sometimes this is quite an impressive list. But many children want to read books that are not included in the list of the school curriculum. How to have time to read during the summer what you want and what you need?

Your main task for the summer is not to master the entire list of literature with your child, but to show that reading is very interesting

Each read book is a step up in the development of the child, in the knowledge of the world around him and himself. For a child of any age, you can pick up a book that seems interesting and close and, perhaps, will lay the desire and need to read in the future. The summer list of literature can be conditionally divided into two parts: books for the soul and books that need to be read according to the school list of class and extracurricular reading. Since there are currently several options for the literature program, the list of books in different schools is also different and you should first of all focus on the requirements of the educational institution where your child is studying.

If there are too many books for the summer

Children read differently. Some quickly and with pleasure, some slowly and reluctantly. It is good if the son or daughter can easily cope with the list of literature and it does not seem to them an unbearable burden. Sometimes the list of required and recommended works for extracurricular reading is so long that it's time to think: when will the child have time to do everything? After all, in the summer you need to take a break from work! If the given volume seems unreasonably large to you, first “sort” the works. It is better to start with the most interesting books for the child - with an entertaining plot - and written in an easy-to-understand language. Try to talk about what you read. In a casual conversation, it is easier to teach a child to "immerse" in the world of a work of art. What is this book about? What episodes do you remember? Easy to read or not, why? Did you like the book or not? Why did the hero do this or that? The answers to these questions, along with the retelling of individual pages, will help not only remember what you read and understand it, but will also contribute to the development of speech, the ability to correctly formulate your thoughts, and analyze. With middle-aged and older children, it is already possible to discuss the features of the author's style, compare works with film adaptations, compare literary texts with historical facts, and find interesting details. The second group should include works that are mandatory for studying in the classroom and large in volume. It is much easier to read them in the summer than during the school year, when the days are extremely busy. But short stories can be left for later, even for school time, if in the summer the child does not have time or does not want to read them.

If you count the pages

Of course, I want to have enough time for everything. The temptation is great to sum up all the pages and evenly distribute the books for the summer "so many pages a day." In practice, this does not work for many reasons. It is more correct and easier to make it a rule to read every day, more today, less tomorrow, but systematically. Let the child read when he wants: in the morning after breakfast, in the afternoon or in the evening before bedtime. The main thing is that he should be able to concentrate on reading and not be distracted by the conversations of adults or the TV running at full volume. If possible, arrange for him a cozy place in the open air, in the garden or on the terrace. Do not chase the number of pages! After all, you can read them in different ways, and, what is even worse, with such an approach, you can generally dislike reading as such. There are no uniform norms for how much a student at a given age should read daily, and the recommendations here are individual. Of course, if for elementary school 15-20 minutes is a variant of the norm, then for middle and high school students this is unacceptably small. Children who love to read read a lot without looking at their watches. If your child is not one of them, try to have him read a daily norm that is feasible for him, which may vary depending on circumstances and mood.

If they read, but not then

If a child is fond of reading "for the soul" and prefers books that seem more interesting to him than the proposed list of literature for out-of-class reading, you should not categorically prohibit them until "not will do what needs to be done." Now a huge amount of both classical and modern literature, domestic and foreign, attracts with its diversity the most demanding reader of any age. Firstly, you can alternate between "mandatory" and "optional" literature, and secondly, a love of reading cannot be instilled by a strict restriction on the number of books offered. The main thing is not to discourage reading. If your child's reading interests seem very far from perfect, try to instill a taste for good literature by choosing books that have been tested by time and more than one generation of readers.


  • Reading aloud for 10 minutes a day greatly improves the speed and quality of reading. Just make sure that the words are pronounced correctly and clearly, so that the child reads consciously, can answer questions on the text.
  • Some of the works can be listened to in an audio recording, just do not abuse: an audio cassette will never replace a book read by a child on their own.
  • Watching a movie based on a book is an emergency way out of the situation during the school year, but not a full-fledged replacement for the work. Don't teach your child to do this!
  • Constantly replenish the student's library, this will come in handy during the school year.

If a 10-14-year-old child does not like to read, perhaps he simply did not come across good, interesting literature. Try offering him the following books…

Classical Literature:

B. Dragoon. "Deniska's stories"

N. Nosov. "Vitya Maleev at school and at home"

Jules Verne. "Children of Captain Grant"

Yu.Olesha. "Three Fat Men"

L. Lagin. "Old Man Hottabych"

B. Gubarev. "Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors"

E. Seton Thompson. Animal Tales

D. London. "White Fang"

M. Reid. Headless Horseman

J. F. Cooper. "St. John's wort, or the First Warpath".

Modern Literature:

E. Uspensky. "Uncle Fedor, a dog and a cat"

S. Kozlov. "Hedgehog in the Fog"

D. Wardenburg. "The Adventures of Ulyana Karavaeva"

J. Rowling. Harry Potter

B. Krapivin. Musketeer and Fairy

L. Snicket. "Ugly Town"

L. Besson. "Arthur and the Invisibles"

K. Bulychev. "Ancient Secrets"

S. Lem. "The Adventures of Yon the Quiet".

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