How to Encourage Your Kids to Read During the Summer

 

Many schools require children to read during the summer by sending reading lists for them to complete. For some kids, these can feel like a chore, especially when they are on vacation. Here are some tips to help them get through their summer books as smoothly as possible and help them develop a love of reading!

Create a reading plan

When it comes to school reading lists, the hardest part is completing them in time. Because the summer is long, kids often feel like they have plenty of time to get it done. As parents, we can also make the same mistake! It helps to structure their reading so they don’t feel like they’re rushing through it. Set a time and space for reading, like 15 minutes before bed or 10 pages every day. They can write out their schedule on their Personalized Weekly Desk Planner. This way, they’ll also learn to keep track of their responsibilities!

Boy pointing at the calendar on the wall with days and activities arranged developing game with his parent sitting opposite at the table indoors

Read together and discuss

One of the greatest joys of parenting is sharing the world of literature with your kids. The best way to capture their interest is to show them that you are also interested in what they are reading. Read aloud with them, or read along and come together to discuss later. Encourage them to ask questions and answer yours. Ask them what they think and feel. They’re more likely to be engaged if they know there’s someone else in the house to share their thoughts with.

happy father and daughter having fun with digital tablet on couch

Find ways to make it engaging

You might already have a book worm at home who’s naturally drawn to reading, but many kids don’t find it as easy or entertaining as others. A good way to spark their interest in books, especially those suggested by their school, is to play audiobooks while they read along. The different noises and tones of voice make the experience much more interactive, and they’ll find themselves quickly immersed in the story. Want to make it even more engaging? Get them personalized story books or unique book labels to make the activity feel personal.

Schoolboy with headphones and tablet computer sitting on library floor.

Rewards

Small rewards are good for positive reinforcement. Encourage them to read through the summer by setting up a system where they can get prizes for reaching different milestones. Maybe it’s going out for an ice-cream or planning an activity they’ve been wanting to do. Whatever the reward, these fun, personalized rewards charts are a great way to keep track of their progress. Hang them up on the fridge so they can feel proud of their accomplishments!

 

Mother And Daughter Putting Star On Reward Chart