It is important to us as parents to raise kids that love to read. If you want your children to stick with their reading over the summer, you are probably going to need to help them a little. Even kids who enjoy reading can get caught up in the fun of summer and forget about it. Children who are more resistant to reading many want to avoid it altogether unless you help encourage them.
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5 Great Summer Reading Plans for Kids
Here are five great summer reading plans for kids:
Create a “Where We Read” Plan
With this, you will get the kids involved with helping to think of ideas and places where they might read over the summer. It could be at home in their room, or in a cozy reading nook. It could be in the car on a road trip, or during downtime while visiting family. The could read in the garden, on a plane, at the park, by the pool, in the doctor’s waiting room, etc. Encourage your kids to think of all the places they might read and then draw or list it out. You can hang this list on their wall or in another prominent location in the home so they never forget about all the great opportunities to read.
Build-Your-Own Reading Plan
No know knows your children’s reading needs better than you and them, right? So, you can always create your very own summer reading plan for your kids. You can use existing plans as a guideline and then replace as needed with books and a schedule that works for your children. You can even let the kids help with it.
Use the School or Library Reading Plan
Most schools and public libraries will put out suggested reading lists for a certain grade or reading level. You can use this list to get books for your kids to read and then build a summer reading plan around it. How many books do they need to get through in a week in order to complete the list? If they are long chapter books, they may need more than one week to complete one. It also depends on your child’s reading level. So, take some time and work this out together. It will be a lot of fun and your child will want to do it more when she is involved in the process.
Create a List of Books about Summer
A great way to mix a love of reading with a love of summer is to find all the books you can about summer or set in summer on your child’s reading level. Then you can create your reading plan around these summer-themed books.
Challenge Your Kids to a Reading Contest
You can build your summer reading plan around a game like Summer Reading BINGO, or a challenge to read through an entire series. You might create a Summer Reading Bucket List with prizes for completing the list. There are many ideas you can use to build a summer reading plan around a game that your child will enjoy. Our favorite is to do a 30 day Reading Challenge. You can measure the number of books or number of minutes read. We like measuring minutes so that our whole family (who are at very different reading levels) can all participate!
With these summer reading plans as ideas, you can make sure your children stay up to date on their reading during the summer.