Happy Summer Reading

Reading in a hammock

photo courtesy of http://www.giverslog.com

Lazy summer days with nothing more to do than swing in a hammock with a glass of lemonade and a book? That’s my idea of a wonderful summer afternoon.

If it isn’t your child’s idea of a perfect afternoon, then help them discover the magic of reading by reading out loud with them. Make a special time, a special place, and choose a special book. If possible, read it ahead of time to make sure they will like it, and come up with a coordinating activity to finish the time.  Depending on your child’s age, a book read over several sessions increases excitement (especially when the chapter leaves the reader hanging…) There is nothing better than hearing your child plead, “Oh don’t stop there, please can we read more?”

Don’t let your child backslide in reading skills over the summer.

Make it Fun!

Photo courtesy Built by Kids/Princeton Tec. Visit builtbykids.com for a link to this cool headlamp, and for instructions for making a nifty A-frame tent for reading indoors.

Photo courtesy Built by Kids/Princeton Tec. Visit builtbykids.com for a link to this cool headlamp, and for instructions for making a nifty A-frame tent for reading indoors.

Have a D.E.A.R. day (Drop Everything and Read).

Take a Reading Picnic. Make fun food and take books along. Even your own back yard can be fun if you’re doing something different.

Have a Twilight Reading Party. Put a tent in your back yard and give everyone flashlights for reading. Or you can let the kids stay up as long as they want, as long as they are reading.

Make a weekly trip to the nearest public library, and stop for ice cream with the money you’ve saved. (Just don’t get ice cream drips on the library books!) Find your local library here.

Find or make a fun spot where reading is the only activity allowed. My favorite spot to read as a child? The maple tree in our side yard. It was easily climbed and had a natural seat — not too far up, but far enough to not be seen and be surrounded by green. One of my favorite reading memories was reading The Secret Garden in that tree.
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Make sure your kids have down-time this summer. Our lives and our children’s lives are so structured and planned that sometimes we forget that kids need time to be kids. (And if they tell you they are bored, hand them a good book.)

And bribery works too. 🙂

What’s on YOUR reading list this summer?

Summer reading

Follow this link for age/grade appropriate book lists:
Summer Reading Lists for Elementary Students

Have a great reading summer!


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