School will be over for most kids very soon, and this means the start of summer activities. Kids who are in public school often get take home reading lists for the summer months. The same can be done for kids who are homeschooled. Creating a summer reading list, does not have to be something that only the kids can do. It can be an activity for both the parents and the kids. Below are several summer reading ideas that your family is sure to enjoy.
Compile your book list
Start by making a book list for your kids based on their age. You can easily do this online, and you may want to go with some classic books. Or you can go with living books which can teach kids life lessons, and many other skills just from reading books. Take your time when researching books for everyone. This includes looking for interesting books that you can read. Remember kids learn by example as well. If they see you taking the time to read books, they will also do the same. On your book list try to add things that the kids may want to read themselves as they get older. This will keep them interested in the reading process.
Make the books come alive
If kids find that the books are boring they are not going to want to read them. So after the kids have finished reading the books, why not make them come alive. Of course this means that you, as the parent will have to read their books as well, but it will really be worth it, and a lot of fun during the summer months.
End of summer reading party
At the end of the summer usually a few weeks before you are ready to start the new school year, you can have a reading party. This way everyone in the family can celebrate how good they did with their summer reading. You can also share what you learned. The decorations for the party can include the theme of everyone’s favorite book. Every one is bound to have at least one favorite book of the summer. You can also invite all of heir friends over for the party. Let the parents know at the beginning of the school year about the end of summer reading party that you are planning.
Journal about it
They can also create a summer reading journal to sum up their reading experience. Have them write down what they liked about each of the books, in just a few short sentences. Of course what they write and how much will vary based on their age, but it is a good way to start off the new homeschooling year.