Summer vacation means lazy days, summer camp, splashing in the pool, and . . . reading?
If you’re worried about getting your kids to read over the summer, you’re not alone. I find it essential to have some structures in place that will keep the kids reading. Here are my six summer structures:
Summer Reading Structures
1. Books Easily Available
Make a dedicated space where books are easily accessible to your kids — not tucked away. The easier they are to see, the more likely that they’ll be used.
2. Special Reading Areas
Squishy pillows, comfy furniture and soft lighting can make an enticing reading location. Make a special place or places for your kids to enjoy a good book.
3. Book Rotation
Visit the library regularly to get new books. Let your kids fill up a library bag with all the books they want to read for the week. If they get to choose, they’re more likely to read.
4. Summer Book Club
Start a summer book club with friends. It’s motivating to see friends so make it a requirement to have read the book to be able to attend the book club party.
5. Allow Technology
Let your kids read on the Kindle and iPad as well as listen to audio books on their iPods. Keep them loving stories no matter what.
6. Book Rewards
Set reading goals. When accomplished, reward with money at the bookstore or books online.