If I have succeeded in any small way as a homeschooling parent so far, it's that my girls love to read. They go to bed reading at night, and wake up in the morning to read some more.
Every summer we have participated in our library's reading program, and I'm sure we will do so again this year. But I've found a couple other resources to make our summer reading experience even more fun (and educational...shhh...don't tell the girls) this year.
Here are some links for you...
- Read Aloud Revival - this is a fantastic podcast and I encourage you to listen to ALL the episodes, but be sure to check out the most recent one called Summer Reading - it is full of great ideas!
- Traveling Through the Pages - this was put together by Pam Barnhill who was featured in the above pocast. I've already printed mine out and it looks fantastic! It's a fun way to get your kids to read outside their regular genre, and if you listen to the podcast, Pam has great ideas for rewards.
- Exodus Books - another great reading program you might want to check out. It's a bit different in that your kids have to read books off their lists, but all the books on the lists are good ones. This one costs $5, but your kids can earn that back in gift certificates when they reach their reading goals.
When setting up summer reading goals, don't forget yourself. Summer is the perfect time to catch up on personal reading and model the enjoyment of reading to your kids. Personally I'm hoping to read through 3 classics (starting with Madame Bovary), as well as other books on my list.
Don't know where to start? Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy has put together a 2015 Summer Reading Guide that looks fantastic.
And don't forget to have books the whole family can enjoy together. Currently my daughter's and I are finishing up the Little House series (on CD). My oldest is reading a book out loud to her father. And my husband and I are planning to read a book we can then meet and discuss later. Often we invite our friends to join us in reading and discussing and it's great for our kids to see that reading is even part of our social life.
What do you plan to read this summer?