Summer is a great time to pick up the habit of reading every day. There are so many fun, easy ways to create a summer reader! Reading during the summer can help your child in so many ways: improve reading skills, increase their desire to read, improve self-esteem, neutralize summer learning loss, improve comprehension, and improve memory skills.
Here are a few awesome ways to turn your summer into a summer of books:
Schedule a reading time: Set aside a special time for reading. This can be at any time, as long as there are no other activities that you have been doing at this time. If you can, make it family reading time!
Participate in a summer reading program: Local libraries always have summer reading programs and challenges set up for your child. Some have even prepared for a quarantined summer. If you know that a reading program isn’t for your child, use these worksheets to make your own challenge!
Tie books in with their interests: What does your child like? What does she want to be when she grows up? Load up on books that your child can see herself in and you’ll develop a book lover in no time.
Include other non-book formats: Being a lover of reading doesn’t just mean picking up books. Comic books, magazines, kids’ news articles, anything can be fun to read! This definitely includes audiobooks, as some children are still too young to read or have difficulty paying attention to what they read for long periods of time.
Start a book club: This is two-fold fun! Have your child and her friends pick a book to read, then they can discuss it. The meetings can be themed, like baking cookies after reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie or All Four Stars.