What can you do to keep your children reading during summer vacation?
There are so many things to do during the summer other than reading. Yet, every child needs to keep up their reading skills. Family members can motivate children to read by using strategies that integrate reading into summer activities and events. Here are a few:
- Before going to the beach, a park, visiting a historical site, a sporting event, or other activity make reading about the upcoming activity part of the planning, and then talk about the book and the activity over a snack, afterwards.
- Check you library’s summer reading programs. Make attending these programs a summer activity, as well as stocking up on books to borrow.
- Let your children see you reading regularly. Grab a magazine when you are in a waiting room. Bring a book to the beach. Have a book on your night stand.
- Talk to them about what you have learned and continue to learn from books.
- Build reading time into your child’s day, not as something to do when day is done and kids are too tired to do anything but zone out in front of the TV.
Much reading during the school year is required reading; make summer a time for fun reading on subjects of interest to your children
- Give your children the opportunity to read a variety of materials, not just storybooks, such as magazines, newsletters, and papers geared to their age and interests.
- Road trips area great time for children to get in some reading
- Encourage your children to join or start a friends book club that can meet every two weeks to discuss a book they all read.
Reading during the summer will give your children a jump start when returning to school, not only with reading but with vocabulary and grammar!