Plan ahead to encourage reading during summer vacation. Here is a list of suggestions to
help you get started. Have a great summer!!
*Set a good example. Let your child see you reading books, newspapers, and magazines.
* Set aside time to read and share ideas together. Read to your child often. Snuggle up, relax, and enjoy these special moments.
*Limit the amount of time your child watches television. Fill this time with mentally & physically challenging activities.
*Play games with your child. Board games, card games, and thinking games are fun alternatives to tv for the entire family.
*Encourage you child to read road signs while traveling. Show him how to read & use a map.
*Play an alphabet game in the car. Have your child locate each letter of the alphabet on the passing billboards and business signs.
*Play thinking games in the car. Try twenty questions using characters, places, or objects from books that your child has read.
*Read books about animals, then visit a zoo.
*Ask your child to help you locate products on supermarket shelves. Have them read, sort, and compare the labels.
*Have your child choose a recipe, then read the ingredients and the instructions as he helps you prepare it.
*Make a mailbox with your child, using a shoe box or oatmeal container. Place junk mail and special notes in their mailbox for your child to read.
*Encourage your child to have a hobby. Go to the library and check out books to encourage them to get started.
*Go to garage sales and look for secondhand book bargains. Give books as rewards.
*Subscribe to a children's magazine. Put the subscription in your child's name so he can look forward to reading his own mail.
* Check your local recreation commissions for scheduled summer activities.
*Work daily (only 10-15 min) on math flash cards (add, subtract, multiply, divide)