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7 Simple Tips You Can Use To Get Your Children To Read During The Summer

(June 1, 2013) 

Getting your children to read during the summer is usually such a challenge – especially with the heavy competition “the book” gets from electronic games, the internet and other outdoor activities.

But all is not lost! During the summer break, one thing is for sure – your children always want something interesting to do. They yearn for it. We know that reading helps in building vocabulary and teaches about other cultures among other things… the benefits are endless! And yet, when school is out on holiday, it is always such a chore to get the children to read.

Here are 7 simple tips you can use to encourage reading in the summer holidays:

1.    Combine activities with books

There are so many things to do during the summer – going to the beach, traveling, going to the movies, etc. Why not encourage children to read about the activity? This will be a fun way to learn about activities

 

2.    Lead by example

Read the newspapers and magazines. Let them see you read and they will recognize at an early age that reading can be fun and that it is a natural thing to do!

 

3.    Help them find the Time

With planning our summer schedules – dance lessons, summer school, summer camp, your children might just be too tired to read! So make sure you leave some time for reading – maybe before bed or over breakfast.

 

4.    Relax the Rules

School was probably pretty busy and strict for your children, so relax the rules for the summer. Don’t set a minimum page or chapter limit – let them read what, when and how they please. Make sure they pick up books for fun.

 

5.    Think outside of the book

Remember that reading can happen in a variety of formats – e-books, newspapers, magazines and even read-a-longs. So try and have a variety of reading material at home.

 

6.    Give children the opportunity to choose their books

Reading should be fun - and the more you read the better reader you become. Why not let your children practice reading books or other materials that they find fun over the summer holiday? Practice makes perfect, so this is a great way to get them prepared for when school is back in session.

 

7.    Build on your children’s interests

Get books and articles that feature their favourite sports teams, singers, hobbies, or television shows. Not only will they be excited that you care about their interests, but you won’t be able to tear that book away from them!

 

Click to see some of the exciting books for this summer!

 

References:

Reading is Fundamental, RIF Parent Guide Brochure, “Teenagers and Reading”
http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/articles/teenagers-and-reading.htm

 

Reading is Fundamental, RIF Exchange Show #407, “What Families Can Do To Keep The Children Reading In The Summer”, Laura J. Colker, Ed.D.

http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/articles/what-can-families-do-to-keep-children-reading-during-the-summer.htm 

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