School is out and many school-age children are happy summer vacation is here. Retaining what they learned during the school year is important and one of the best ways to keep their minds learning is by reading. Encouraging your kids to hit the books during the summer can be a challenge, but it can be done, and it is definitely worth it. As an avid reader myself, I love seeing my kids read and enjoy books. Reading is encouraged at all times at my house.
Visit the Library
Books, books and more books are on the menu at your local library. Make a point of visiting your local library each week during the summer. Check to see if your library is hosting a summer reading program for the kids. I help plan these for my local library and they are a big hit with the kids. Reading is encouraged and other fun learning activities are usually part of the programs. Find out what your library has scheduled and mark it on the calendar.
Once your kids check out books at the library, be sure to encourage them to read them before returning them.
Read With Your Kids
One of the best ways to turn your children onto books and reading is to let them see you reading. If you make it obvious that you love and enjoy books, eventually your kids will pick up on that and hopefully copy your behavior.
Find out what your kids enjoy and help them find books on their favorite subjects. Read books to them when they are young and even when they are old read chapter books to them at bedtime. My children have always loved Nancy Drew mysteries and those became favorite bedtime books at my house.
Make Movies and Television Work for You
One of the best ways to turn kids on to books and reading is by sharing movies and television shows that are based upon books or have books written about them. Watch the movies together then make a trip to the library to check out the books. Read them along with your kids and discuss the differences between the books and the movies. Great choices would be the Harry Potter books, the Little House on the Prairie books, the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Classics like Little Women, To Kill a Mockingbird, the Grapes of Wrath and others have great movie adaptations.
For a bit of fun for younger kids, find Scooby-Doo books to pique their interest if they love the mystery-solving dog. Search for books based upon some favorite characters and television shows to get your kids on board with reading.
Try a few of these ideas to turn your children onto reading, and you will enjoy watching them devour their favorite books.