While everyone loves to relax in the summer heat and have lots of fun, it is also a time where our learning can slow down or stop completely. This phenomena is called the “summer slide”. While this is something we all should avoid, we’ve come up with some ways to keep learning while still having lots of fun and enjoying the summer!
Making summer reading goals
How do you convince your kids to read this summer? The first step to get them excited is to make summer reading goals! If goals are set for certain number of books, pages, or minutes read and add in a potential reward, this is a great incentive to make them want to read. The more your children set goals for themselves, the more likely they will be to want to complete them!
Keep track of summer reading progess
Creating a calendar or journal to record goal progress is a great way to keep children striving to reach their goals! These progress calendars can be made into all types of fun shapes or designs to make them fun and interesting. If your child loves France, then it could be in the design of the Eiffel Tower and every goal you complete you can color it in bit by bit!
Consider offering incentives
Providing small rewards throughout the summer for reading is a great idea, especially for those who struggle sticking to their goals. Rewards are bigger and more fun incentives that will have all children eager to read! These rewards can be anything of your choosing, special movie time, ice cream, candy, you name it! All of the little things to help your child continue reading makes all the difference.
Set aside time for reading every single day
For yourself and your children, it is important to be a role model for them during their progress. If they see that you are reading with them, it helps them stick to their goals and continue reading!
Visit your library’s storytelling hour
If your library offers special storytelling hours throughout the week or month, try brining your kids to help them connect with others and grow their passion for reading! Being able to browse different genre’s of books to find out what might interest your child the most, and letting them pick out the books they read is a great way to let them become independent and strong readers. As well, these storytelling hours offer a wide variety of reading material, exposing your children to more of the world!
Read books out loud as a family
Reading books together is a great way to bond with your children and offer them a chance to connect with you and grow stronger bonds to reading. Children as well love to talk about everything they are up to, so reading with them can become a great way for you and your child to have more to talk about, and connect with them! Sharing your favorite quotes or parts of the book is always fun to talk about!
Take books on the road
Most likely you and your family have plans to travel this summer, so why not bring some books along to pass the time! Audio books are also great for those who get motion sickness, and this will keep your children excited to be reading while doing it through their technology! Road trips offer a great chance for your children to read and fall in love with the books they are reading.
Read a book, and then watch the movie together
After you have read a book together or your child has finished the book they are reading, see if their is a movie version and watch that together! You can invite friends and family, and make it a special time and reward for your children finishing the books they are reading.
Keep a reading blog
As a way to track completed reading, children can do book report blog posts, or recount the book they read in fun facts or notes to remind them of how the book was later on! It is always fun to look back and see the progress you have made, and a blog is the perfect way to do that! This is especially true if your children can do so on a computer where they get to use technology and connect it to their reading.
Host a fun book-themed party and invite the neighbourhood
You could host a themed party depending on the age of your children and what books they enjoy! If there are other children in the neighborhood around the same age as your children, this is a great way for them to connect over a shared interest and find joy in reading. Parties can be a fun way to bring books to life as you create games and food and a party centered around the theme of the book.
Read in fun places
Making reading a special activity can become a great way for your children to be independent and have their own special place to read so that it becomes more personal and fun for them! Whether in a blanket fort or their own office depending on their age, having a space to be alone and connect deeply with the book is a great way for them to grow as a reader.
Learn about a specific author
If reading is becoming a series hobby for your children, try to devote time to reading books written by the same author! This can be fun for children of all ages. Younger kids can learn about picture books and take joy from an authors artistic view, while older kids can gain insight into an authors life and interests to make personal connections with the author and material! You may also do some research into your own favorite author and share with your children how you connect with them, to make your children more excited to be reading books made by a singular author whom they connect with.