One thing that is so important to me is that my kids continue to keep learning throughout the summer months. Granted, I’m not saying that they need to be at a desk in a classroom like as they are during the school year, but I do like to make sure that they are being challenged and exploring new concepts and skills daily. Most importantly, I really like to make sure they are reading on a regular basis. Curious how we do it?
First off, I’ve printed off a chart for each of my kids and let them choose stickers that appealed to them. As each kiddo finishes reading a book, they’re able to places a sticker on the chart. Pretty simple, right? That’s one of the key parts to the system to get your kids to read; make it easy for kids to do!
Download Here: Summer Reading Chart
There are a few things to take in to consideration when implementing this system:
1. The Age of the Kid
While Luke is seven and is an independent reader, Reagan is not. I don’t think that she should be left out because she doesn’t read on her own. Luke only earns stickers when he reads a book on his own or if we team read (taking turns reading pages). Reagan earns stickers for her chart when I read a book to her; the catch is that she has to be the one to initiate the reading. I want her to be the one who wants to read!
2. Availability of Books
In order for your kids to be able to read, they need access to books. I happen to have a crazy amount of kids’ books thanks to being an elementary school teacher before staying home with my kids. If that isn’t what your home library looks like, no worries! Visit your local library to check out books or even have your kids read books on a device like an iPad.
I’m a believer in rewarding kids for awesome behavior and for making good choices. For my family, when their reading charts are filled, I purchase them a new book they’ve been wanting to read. I tend to order from Amazon so I don’t have to schlep three kids through a book store. You could even make it something as simple as extra team reading time or a bookmark to hold their place. Make it something that entices your children, but also relates back to reading.
There you have it! Seems pretty easy, right? Is there anything extra you’d add?
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