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That doesn’t mean that summers need to be book-free though. Creating a fun summer reading program is a great way to keeps their minds engaged & active! Here’s how to create a wild & crazy summer reading program that the kids will actually enjoy!
Check out local summer reading programs
Many libraries & bookstores offer summer reading programs, but also take a look at banks, grocery stores, and other local businesses. You may be surprised at where you’ll find support! One advantage of these programs – they often offer a great prize at the end.
Help your child decorate their very own book bag to make library or bookstore trips even more personal!
Draw inspiration from summer reading lists
You may first want to check with your child’s teacher to see if the school has a summer reading list. Your local library is also a great resource. There are a number of great online sites for reading lists. Keep your child’s interests in mind – you want summer reading to be fun & interesting rather than a chore.
Education.com offers a terrific list that is searchable by age.
Amazon offers age-appropriate lists.
Scholastic offers reading lists, along with their own reading challenge.
Work reading into weekly activities
Make reading time fun by weaving it into other activities. Take books to the beach or the park for a change of venue. Host a “read under the stars” event and provide blankets & flashlights for outdoor reading fun. Organize a neighborhood book club, and encourage the kids to share their thoughts on the chosen book. Plan fun activities & snacks for book club meetings, such as providing crafting supplies for making bookmarks. Encourage & reward reading!
Many business or school-sponsored reading programs appeal to kids because they turn reading into a game. Decide on whether you’ll track completed books, or total time spent reading (taking the child’s skill level into consideration), and create a chart to track progress. Award your readers with a fun certificate, or a small prize when they reach milestones throughout the summer. Even though the goal is to instill a love of reading, it helps to have a little encouragement along the way!