Did I tell you that my mother-in-law lives with us? I know what you are thinking … but you’re wrong. It’s been a great experience for me (as I don’t know how I would have survived the last four years without her) and for our kids.
My mother-in-law is an avid reader. She reads several books a week and is a well-known regular at the local library. Although she has an eReader, she loves to read physical books. Her love for reading is one of the best things that she has passed on to our kids. And over the past 4 years my kids have read hundreds of books each, thanks to Grandma.
Here are a few ways to get your kids to read over 40 books this summer:
1. Make them. Yep. Who’s the parent here? My kids will read this summer because that is a practice that we have established for our family. You can’t just wish your kids would read more. You have to be intentional about making it happen. Reading is not an option, it’s something that we do … period.
2. Take them to the library. Our kids have their very own library cards. During the summer, we go to the library once a week and the kids checkout 4 to 5 books each, to read for the week. And they read all of them. At least 2 or 3 of those books will be finished before you get home from the library. Even with a busy summer schedule, your kids could read well over 40 books during the summer by checking out at least 5 books a week from the local library. (The older kids will read less books as their books tend to be longer.)
3. Have quiet time daily. Each day, the kids spend 1 to 2 hours reading. There is no TV, no texting, no gaming, and no napping during reading time. Even on the days that the kids have some type of camp or activity, they have a quiet time. It’s nice to see all of them sprawled across the family room couch and floor, reading together.
4. Set goals. At the beginning of the summer, set a goal for how many books will be read and offer a prize/incentive for reaching those goals. Each child could win a prize for reaching their own personal goal. And there could be a grand prize for the most read books of all … a little competition is always fun. Also, have the kids keep a reading log. They are always so impressed by the number of books that they are able to read when they look at their logs.
5. Read with them. Lamar has a goal of reading a book a week. And it is so cute to see him and the girls reading their books and discussing how many pages they’ve read and how many more they have to read in order to finish their books. I think the best way to ensure your kids pick up an appreciation for reading is to lead by example and read with them.
These 5 simple actions will guarantee that your kids read at least 40 books this summer.