Reading in the Summer
I am the mother of two grown children and a certified English teacher. From my personal experience I found that motivating my children to read for enjoyment with daily reading goals during the summer break was easy. Not only did I set the example by reading for my own enjoyment, I also filled out a form provided by the local library for recording summer book reading. As the facilitator of my children's book reading I not only filled out a summer reading log for my children, I also provided at home incentives for reading as many books as possible. For example, when my children reached their reading goal for the week they were allowed to go to the local Dairy Queen with Mom to get a delicious treat. We watched inexpensive matinee movies or movies on CD whenever possible. If we planned the movie watching, we would also find a book to go with the movie we would be watching. For example, we read books about bugs before watching "Bugs Life" by Disney. So, tying movies in with books is another enjoyable way to read non-fiction as well as fiction for kids of all ages. Have fun, enjoy your kids, and try some of these suggestions for summer fun reading.