Set out on a Summer Reading Adventure!
You are you child’s most important teacher. Help your child realize the joy of reading for pleasure and information. Fit in a few minutes or more of reading into every summer day.
Here are some tips for parents to make summer time a learning time.
IN SEARCH OF BOOKS
Find books and other reading materials that relate to children’s summer activities and hobbies. Keep these materials in a special area where they are easily for children to use.
Subscribe to a special interest magazine (such as soccer, puzzles, cooking, bikes, or hiking) directed to children or seek one out at the library.
Make regular library trips with your children. Sign up for a summer reading program if one is offered.
EXPLORE READING TOGETHER
Be a reading role model for your children. Try to find time every day to read to your children–even the older ones who can read to themselves.
ADVENTURES AROUND THE HOUSE
Cooking, sewing, building and repairing things all involve reading. So does finding something in the telephone book. Many other household events and chores also involve reading. Share these reading activities with your children.
Use family trips and outing to encourage reading. Read articles, brochures, and books about the places you are going and discuss them together.
AUTHORS OF EXCITEMENT
Encourage children to write about their summer activities through diaries, journals, letters, or postcards. If possible, let the children take photographs of their summer adventures, add them to their journals or letters, and write about each picture.
From SUMMER READING ADVENTURE! TIPS FOR PARENTS OF YOUNG READERS by the International Reading Association