For many families summer means a break, but does that mean a break from learning, as well? No! Doing so only hinders your child when school starts again, so take some time to keep your child engaged in learning, specifically reading. Use these summer reading activities and ideas for your kids this summer and keep reading alive!
Summer Reading Activities And Ideas For Kids
Read with your child daily. This will show them a great example of reading, makes it a family thing, and you can gauge just how well they are reading.
Read outdoors. Who says you have to stay inside to read? Fresh air and a book are always delightful, so get outside anytime and open up an adventure. Grab one of these simple picnic baskets and load up with water, juice, fruit, and snacks to head out to a park for reading in the beautiful sunshine with a few snacks.
Turn off the TV for at least three hours a day. Tell your kids to pick up a book, a magazine, or even the newspaper- anything that will get them to reading!
Ask kids what they want to read. Your interests may not be their interests, and letting them choose what they want increases their likelihood of reading.
Discuss the books you read with your child. This will help you know if they are understanding the material, and it helps them to discuss words and concepts they may not quite grasp. The more they understand about what they’re reading, the more likely they are to stick with it.
Don’t limit yourself to books to teach reading skills. As you cook, tell your kids about what you’re doing and use new words so they begin to learn a larger vocabulary and enjoy words. When they read these words, they will be excited because they already know what it means. You can even combine reading with your kids to help them. Choose a popular series like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and the Olympians, or The Boxcar Children to read with them.
Visit the library. There are other kids there and things to do, as well as countless books to read. It’s an adventure for the whole family! Every time you go, each person should leave with at least two books.
Encourage your child to write letters. Each week, ask them to write at least one letter or postcard. This builds reading, writing, spelling, and penmanship in a time where many of these aren’t directly taught. Have them write a friend they are missing, or drop grandma a cute card in the mail. You can even invest in some fun kids stationary sets to help encourage this!
These summer reading activities and ideas are perfect for keeping your kids happy and learning throughout the summer. Plus, they are great additions to your own routine since they help you bond with your children!