Making Summer Reading a Reality
- Make a decision that books and reading will be a big part of all you do with your children this summer
- Designate a bag as your “library book bag”
- Go to the school/public library weekly and fill the bag with books
- Designate a library basket/area in a central location in the house
- Put different books of all types in the basket each week to increase reading excitement
- Choose magazines at the library or subscribe to magazines of interest
- Take home comics from the library, too!
- Bring home sequels to books your children liked and read successfully
- Put books in the car pocket, on their nightstands, or anywhere they might happen upon them and pick them up
- Put the newspaper or a good book next to their cereal bowls and decide that breakfast will not be a time for television this summer
- “Buddy Read” until he’s hooked
- Share a newspaper article, younger kids’ books, magazine article that interested you
- Take advantage of a Captive Audience (at dinner, in the car – talk it up to build language skills or read while they’re sitting and attentive!)
- Ease their distractions – you can turn off the TV/computer!
- Reward them for reading– if you need to get them going, especially
- Let them read…in lieu of a chore…later at night than you want them to…what they want to read
- And don’t forget about the other things you can do to increase reading skills—
- Play word games
- Talk about interesting words you see on signs or in printed materials
- Find any and all opportunity to talk about a big idea, then make sure that they are talking, too!
“Reading is the fundamental skill upon which all formal education depends”
-Moats, 1999; as cited in Darling & Lee, 2003/2004