We’re right in the thick of summer and settling in to our routine. We’re making time for the park, visiting our little Seattle beach, and even enjoying some weekend camping. Ahhhh, summer!
But I’m trying really hard to make reading one of our daily activities as well. I was told by each of my children’s teachers to “Keep them reading all summer long“! So here are 10 tips helping us make that happen, a few ways in which we’re reading all summer long.
How to Read With the Kids All Summer Long:
1. Head to the library. We love our library. They have a fun little children’s area and my kids love to play with the puppets and puzzles, and read books on the comfy couches.
2. Find a good list of books to read. Over on Make and Takes, guest contributor Melissa of Imagination Soup has come up with a fabulous summer reading list. This list is great for all ages and has some really fun must-read titles.
3. Reading to your kids. My kids love when I read to them. This is something that we usually do at night. Although sometimes they will bring books into my bed when we wake up and we’ll start our day with a story!
4. Letting kids read on their own. As much fun as it is to have a story read to you, I think it’s important for kids to “read” books on their own, whether they are an experienced reader or a “picture” reader – that’s what I call it when children read with the pictures.
5. Library reading. Our library is offering a fun summer reading program for kids. If they read 10 books, they are entered in a drawing for the chance to win dinner for 4 at the top of the Space Needle.
6. Reading example. It’s good for kids to see us reading and to know we think it’s important too.
7. Celebrate your books. This summer I’ve started a fun Storybook Summer series on Make and Takes sharing all sorts of fun books for kids and ways to celebrate them when you’re finished reading. There are recipes, crafts, and silly activities.
8. Reading charts. I love this fun idea for an Incentive Reading Chart from Mariel of Or so she says. She wrote on Make and Takes all about reading with kids and a fun motivational chart to keep them reading.
9. Take books with you. There’s nothing better than finding a nice shady tree to read in the cool summer breeze!
10. Family reading time. We usually choose a book that my 6 and 4 year old will like to listen to as well. Right now we’re reading The Emerald Atlas. It’s a little spookier, so it’s been a fun one to read together.
How are you keeping up with kids and reading this summer? Share your tips and tricks!