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. Luckily we are within walking distance, making it all the more simple to visit often. 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. Our library has a great online system as well, so we can put things on hold ahead of time and head over to pick them up with they are ready.
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. Pictures tell so much of the story and kids can still “read” books even by scanning the illustrations to find out what is happening on each page.
5. Start a reading program. 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. My daughter is convinced she is going to win, so she is devouring books! You could find something local in your community doing this or create something fun just within your family.
6. Be a good reading example. I’m a huge reader myself. We’re usually going to the library for me to pick up my next waiting book! I keep books on my night stand to read before bed or I’m reading on the couch in the afternoon when there’s some down time. It’s good for kids to see us reading and to know we think it’s important too.
7. Celebrate your books after you’re done reading. 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. It’s a great way to give your most recently finished book a little extra love.
8. Make a reading chart to help motivate them. 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 to the park or other fun places to read. Switch up the scenery by taking a basket or bag of books to the park. There’s nothing better than finding a nice shady tree to read in the cool summer breeze!
10. Family reading time, when we read a book all together. I love to do “Read Alouds” with my kids. That’s where we pick a chapter book to read together, I read and then my 9 year old son takes some turns. 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!