With summer quickly approaching, I can already feel the difference it’s made in the amount of time our family spends reading. Instead of staying inside and cuddling up with a good book, we go outside every chance we get and reluctantly drag ourselves in at bedtime.
- Try reading a passage from a family devotional or the Bible at the breakfast table.
- Read aloud from a chapter book while the kids are enjoying a snack. Some of our favorites have included Charlotte’s Web, The Little House on the Prairie series, the Anna Hibiscus books, and Nim’s Island.
- Implement a quiet reading time after lunch, where everyone (including you) grabs a book to read themselves. I selfishly started this habit when I wanted to be able to fit more personal reading time into my own day. What I discovered is that when my little ones see me enjoying reading, they enjoy it all the more as well!
- Take turns reading from favorite picture books before bed. Even little ones will have fun “reading” a familiar story from memory.
- Set goals and keep a reading journal. Simply list book titles or minutes read on a sheet of paper, add marbles to a jar, or make a paper chain. When your goal is met, celebrate!
- Create a reading map to add some variety in what or where your child reads. It could be one that takes your child through the Dewey Decimal system of the library, or one that inspires fun and unique places to read. Whether you sketch your own or use the printables found here, have your child mark off each spot on the map as he completes it. Celebrate when you reach the end of your journey.
- Find ways to bring the stories to life beyond the pages of the book.
- Inspired by the illustrations? Break out your art supplies and create your own artwork.
- Curious about some of the natural elements in the story? Design a simple experiment.
- Intrigued by the differences of another time or place? Try preparing an ethnic dish or spend time talking to someone familiar with the customs of that time period or location.
- Looking to make your reading experience come alive? Take a field trip: go to the zoo, play at the science museum, visit a working farm, go on a hike, spend the day at the beach or explore a historical site. The possibilities are endless!
Read the rest of the Spring Into Summer series (which includes a giveaway)!