Five Ways to Make Reading Fun this Summer:
Your children will enjoy reading if they see you enjoying reading. And unfortunately, reading the screen doesn’t count. Let them see you relaxing by the pool with a book, and they’ll want to do the same.
2) Download audio books for those plane and car rides.
Pick exciting stories slightly above your child’s reading level. Audiobooks are an opportunity for them to stretch as readers. If it’s for a car trip, the whole family can listen together and discuss the story. If it’s for a plane trip, try having each family member listen to the same book so you can still discuss.
3) Have a family book club.
Get everyone reading the same book, and discuss it at the dinner table. Or you can even set aside a book club night on which you serve theme foods related to the book or your kids’ favorites. When discussing the book, ask open-ended questions about character motivation, why things happened the way they did, and ways in which the story connects to your lives.
4) Read to your child, or, if your child is older, take turns reading to each other.
Consider reading a section of a longer book to each other every night. Ask questions as you read. Encourage your child to make predictions, to explain why something happened, and to make connections between the book and his own life.
5) Let your child read what she wants!
Summer is a time for pleasure reading; let your child discover the joy of reading by choosing what she reads. It’s fine if she selects comic books, or Twilight or a book about Justin Bieber. Now isn’t the time to force your literary tastes on your child! Help her learn to love reading, and eventually she’ll choose to challenge herself.