I gotta tell ya… this summer homeschooling shit is de madre!
The community cycle. Classical Community. Actually ended in April. And Isaac and I went on a Florida mini vacation to see the cousins do their sacraments. It was a nice time.
Then it was time to come home. And getting back to the routine is like easing into a crab hole. Can’t do it, can you?
Everyday is a play day. Right? No. Because we do school all-year-round. Oh yuck! That’s Isaac’s response, too. That’s life as a homeschooler.
Anyway, this summer we decided to do a little challenge. A reading challenge. It’s a fun way to encourage reading and build stamina. Our goal is to read 1 book per day.
So far, Isaac is reading 2 books per week.
I hear it all the time from teachers: “I worked all year to get these kids to love reading. Then summer comes along and I hear my kids saying stuff like “dude, I don’t have to read or do homework for like 2 months!” No! I worked too hard to let this just go.” And, in the summer it’s like “children can lose up to two full months of learning.” So most teachers encourage their kids to read books they like so they don’t reluctantly have to do it. And let’s face it. If you have boys it can be hard to engage them into reading. Take my son, for example, getting him to read is like pulling a thread through a needle.
Needless to say, it is essential to challenge the boys in the summer and have a little reading routine. Builds endurance.
So I created some steps to get your kids reading! Follow these fun ideas to inspire and spark your kids’ interest in summer reading.
- Motivate your kids with what they are interested in. Are they crazy about movies or do they love animals? Ask your child what types of books interest him most. Once you have your list, divide the topics into categories. And head on over and kick off the summer with a few interesting reads in June.
- Join a summer book Club. All of the work is already done for you because you have made your list. Now, all you have to do is stay focused and motivated and sign up and hold yourself and your kids accountable with other mamas or daddy’s so you can meet up during the summer to discuss the books on the book list that you and your kids created. Find it hard meeting up physically, then try meeting up and discussing online, or on Zoom. With technology these days, anything is possible! Oh. Hey… I created one. I thought you’d be interested. Join here.
- Have fun. Make reading a game. How do you get children excited to read during the summer months? You make it a game, that’s how. The Chickabug blog has some really great printable games. You can play bingo game, give out stickers and bookmarks. You name it. After each book that a child reads they earn a banner and they fill out the book title and write a brief summary of the book. Games are a great way to keep students reading all summer long.
- Set a Goal. When you set goals for your kids, they can see what they’re capable of. This builds confidence. For example, in my house, the goal is to read 1 easy reader a day. actually complete it. As a reward, we will put a bead in a jar for every book he reads. Reading easy readers, or a 50 page chapter book, like Fizz the Police Dog or Billie B Brown, they can easily achieve their goal quickly, which means they see the results and feel satisfied with themselves in a short amount of time. There are a lot of summer reading challenges that are offered locally, as well as online. That reminds me. I am doing one. online. Where children can participate in weekly challenges and win prizes. Why not Join my Reach for the Stars summer reading challenge. 😊 I will mail you a summer reading kit. And play some games and help keep us excited about reading.
- Take advantage of free reading materials. Did you know that kids can get free reading materials? Many times a kid that is a reluctant readers will say they can’t afford new books in the summertime, but that’s OK because I can give you some free books! Really. I can. I love giving away free books. And the library is a great place to get free books. Teach your monster to read is great and children love to use it. So if they are privy to a tablet, they can play this game and work on reading skill for free online. These are just some ideas that will help you make your summer break a success.
Yeah… Dude. ya gotta do it. Sign up here. Better hurry.
P.S. What do you do to encourage summer reading in your home? Do you have any ideas that get your kids excited to read? Comment below and then head on over to my group and share your thoughts on what you do to get your kids to read over the summer.
Keep ’em reading!