Encouraging summer reading can take shape in numerous ways. Often, many opportunities are presented to us throughout the day, which can help us supplement and support our child’s reading skills. The problem is, we just don’t view these everyday occurrences as a time in which we can enrich our children’s reading abilities, therefore we lose them. However, you can seize these reading opportunities this summer in the following ways.
Casual Reading Encounters
You can scoop up reading opportunities in some of the most casual ways, for instance, how about having your child read the menu while eating out? You can both explore the various parts of the restaurant menu by having your child read the breakfast, lunch or dinner options to your entire family.
Or how about the grocery store? Have your child read the sale guide for the week as you embark on your weekly grocery shopping trip. They can let you know about the current sales for the week and what sales are coming up soon.
E-Books and Kindles
With the onset of e-book reading and kindles, you now have a whole new venue to bring your child’s favorite reading material to them. This type of reading is ideal for long trips in the car during family vacations. You can download all of the classics from Barnesandnoble.com to provide your child with significant reading material for a good portion of your roadtrip.
Pen Pal Letters
Pen pal writing is becoming a lost art. That’s unfortunate as I see it. Writing was one of my staple ways to increase and supplement my children’s reading skills. Kids of all ages and locations can keep in touch by writing their latest adventures on paper. It helps them develop good spelling ability, and sentence structure. It also keeps them aware of some of the adventures other kids can have in different regions of the globe. I think it’s fabulous.
Memorize a Short Script
Freeplays.org is a great way to find short plays to memorize for a brief family and friend performance. Not only do the kids read the script over and over, they have a great time preparing for the event.
Or how about having them write their own script? My kids have done that, and have went on to perform it for our family as well.
Source: Personal experience