After the jubilation of completing another long school year, children are ready to spread their summer wings and fly into the wild blue yonder until their summer reading list brings them to a screeching halt. Without a doubt, every parent must face the daunting task of convincing their child to read specific books that their teachers have requested of them.
Each summer, even the most avid readers tend to struggle with the list. It’s hard to read books that are required. Especially when there are so many fun things to do during the summertime. Luckily, we have a few tips for you this summer as you coax your kids into diving deep into the pages that will keep them fresh and motivated during their off months.
- Let your child choose. Whether it is love and romance or it is adventure and friendship, listen intently and get to know what your child’s current interests are. It is much easier to channel a passion that your kid already has than to attempt to develop a new one for them. Talk to them about what they would like to learn more about. Whether it is the history of Europe or African Savannah species, there are plenty of books and resources for them to learn about something they truly care about.
- Make reading interesting. Sometimes the fuss about reading is it keeps an energetic kid cooped up inside while the sun is shining and the outdoors are calling their names. Try letting your child choose a creative spot to read. Maybe they retreat to the backyard tree house or a hanging hammock. If it is too hot outside, help them make a fort in the living room where they can curl up and enjoy a book in a more interesting location.
- Reward kids for reading. Helping kids set aside 30 minutes to an hour a day will help them pace themselves and get through their list, especially for kids who don’t enjoy reading. Instead of cramming for hours on end, give them a structure to succeed and take them to get ice cream when they finish a goal!
Do you have ideas to make summer reading more fun? Share your ideas and suggestions in the comments below. We would love to hear them!