May 22, 2017

6 Ways to Get Your Kids to Read on Summer Vacation

child readingIt’s hard to believe that next week is the last week of school for my kids. I’m excited about day trips and vacations, but I’m also concerned about summer brain drain. Fortunately, Raising a Reader has several ideas that will go far toward getting your kids and mine to read (and enjoy reading) this summer. Take a look:

1. Put Reading on the Schedule. Whether you’re traveling or spending time at home this summer, establish a set time each day to “drop everything and read” as they say at our elementary school. Get everyone involved and spend time talking about one book after each reading session.

2. Create a Space to Read Outside. It can be helpful to create a new environment for reading, like in the backyard. Set up a hammock or some Adirondack chairs in a comfortable outdoor space. Or, if you’re on the move this summer, plan to read outside at a swimming pool or a local park.

3. Read the Book, See the Movie. There are a number of movies coming to theatres this summer that are based on books, like The Fault in Our Stars (just finished this, loved it). Before you see the movies, have your kids read the books. After the movie, chat about how the film differed from the book. You could also do this with movies on DVD.

4. Look to Books Related to Summer Activities. Think about what your kids are doing this summer and choose books that will appeal to those activities. For example, if your child is excited about an upcoming tennis camp or Girl Scout camp, look for books about tennis or books related to activities that will take place during the camp week (e.g., fishing, archery, crafts).

5. Let Kids Research Summer Trips. Planning a road trip to Florida or a family trip across the country? Hunt down books your kids can read that will let them play a role in the trip planning process. Find books on the destinations so kids can read about the cities and attractions they may want to explore. Have them put together a sample itinerary for the trip.

6. Start a Summer Reading Challenge. As a way to keep little minds active, many local libraries offer summer reading challenges. Or, sign your kids up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Your kids will log their reading minutes and complete weekly reading challenges.

Amazon has a lot of great book and summer bridge activity suggestions by age group. Take a look:

Ages 3-5: A few of my favorites include Little Kids First Big Book of Why, Little Blue Truck, Tikki Tikki Tembo and Captain Awesome, Super Star.

Ages 6-8: A few of my favorites include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Night Before Summer Vacation, Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure and I Want My Hat Back.

Ages 9-12: A few of my favorites include Wonder, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Because of Mr. Terupt and The Lemonade War.

What are some of your favorite books to read with your kids? Let me know in the comments section.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. However, the views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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