Sunday, July 4, 2010

How do you get your kids to embrace summer reading?

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Summer Reading

Do you have a hard time getting your children to read during the summer? I know I do. We are compiling a list of ways we get our children to read during the summer, so they don't lose some skills while on summer break. Do you have tips that you used to teach your children to read? If you have tips to share or would like to see what others are doing check out the TwitterMoms discussion.

I try to make reading a game in the summer. There are many programs to get kids to read.

1. Visit your local library.  My kids love to check out books versus buying books, because it helps save the economy.
2. We do however love Barnes and Noble and if your child reads 8 books they get one free!
3. My daughter is in a book club, and she loves her group so it makes reading that much easier.
4. Pick up and read yourself! Children will see you reading and will be inspired to do the same.
5. Help them choose really good books that they won't want to put down.  Ask around if don't know of any.  But once my 7 year old heard of the Tree House series, he fell in love with them and had to have them all!
6. Tell your children about the book you are reading and why you did or did not like it.
7. Have a reward system for every so many books they read they will get to choose a prize.  Even if it's a small prize children love it!
8. Set aside at least 20 minutes a day in the summer for quiet/reading time - and read your book next to them.
9. Ask your child to think of a subject for a book they would write and then go to the book store and see if something similar is there.
10. Find Mom and Pop bookstores and frequent them regularly!

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