During the summer months it can be difficult to keep children’s minds on tasks that have to do with school, like reading. There are many activities going on and great weather that keep kids outside and busy. We asked a few of our employees how they keep their children engaged and excited about reading over the summer break. Below are some suggestions on how to get books back in your child’s hands this summer!
“We spend a lot of time in the car driving to various activities, so we got (our son) a Kindle Paperwhite which is backlit allowing him to read in the car when it’s dark outside. The Paperwhite doesn’t have other tablet capabilities so there are no distracting games or apps. He gets a lot of reading time in whenever we are on the road and often wants to keep reading once we have arrived home.” – Lisa S.
“This summer, we will stress reading. We are also going to implement a reward program. For example, read ‘X’ amount of hours this week, and you’ll be rewarded.” – Megan M.
“To sneak in more reading minutes, we read before bed. On rainy days we get more minutes in since we can’t go outside. And we like to read in different places, like on our deck when its nice out.” – Jenni E.
“My son and I are reading Harry Potter right now. We are almost done with the first book. Once we are done we are going to watch the movie together before we start book two, and we’ll do the same through the series. There are lot of books that have been made into movies (Charlotte’s Web, The Princess Bride, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Neverending Story, Bridge to Terabithia, James and the Giant Peach, Mary Poppins, Alexander and the Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, Alice in Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables) so it would be fun to do that with others where you read the book and then watch the movie.” – Shelley A.
“For our children, we set the expectation that he is going to read every day, and then once he starts a book he enjoys it and keeps going.” – Lars U.
What suggestions do you have for getting your child or children excited about reading? Please share those with us in the comments below.