One of the hardest things about the summer is that for two months or so (about 3 in our case), children don’t have to do anything with their brains. Most kids won’t use their brains if they can get away with it.
Parents must keep their children’s brains active so that the children don’t regress. I remember my mom (she is a former and current teacher. She took a break to homeschool us.) talking about how the first semester of the school year was usually review from the previous year (or at least the first 6 weeks).
I don’t want this to happen to Monkey, so I try to keep her brain active during the summer as much as possible. I do this by limiting he TV she watches, limiting her computer time, and engaging her in learning activities.
This summer, I’ve put the focus on reading. I figure, if I can get Monkey to a 5th grade reading level, she will be able to read anything she likes and learn some that way on her own. Anyway, she’s only about the second grade reading level now, but we’ll get there.
Tips for Motivating Children to Read in the Summer
Group reading: Monkey still gets tired of reading long passages. She is more likely to read if I read a page, then have her read a page, then I read another page, and so on.
Reading fun books: Monkey really likes exciting books. Like most other kids her age, she likes the Magic Tree House series, and she also likes mysteries. She was amused by Amelia Bedelia and thought the Peter Rabbit stories were entertaining.
Rewards: I talked about how I am rewarding Monkey for reading in this post. Now I’m in a bit of a pickle though, because she is reading more books than I budgeted for.
Reading to others: Monkey likes reading to Bo and to her dad. Bo doesn’t care much yet, but Josh gives her a lot of encouragement. Of course, she reads to me the most.