When it’s summer, I feel like we have more opportunities to cuddle up and read a book together. Reading is really beneficial to children and their success in life. Reading is everywhere in the world so we need to learn how. But, I believe in letting children learn to read when they are ready. Forcing them to read at a certain level by a certain age when their brains aren’t ready is going to cause them to hate reading. Which is why I wait for my kids to have a desire to learn.
My eight year old son hates when I ask him to sit down and read a book to me. He sits on the couch moaning and yelling at me. So instead of forcing him and having us both be miserable, we just do family read alouds. And you know what? He’s still learning how to read. I’m pleasantly surprised when he points signs out to me that he can read. Or when he wants to read me a book or the scriptures and his reading ability has grown. We made a reading chart for this summer to keep track of how many we’ve read and will earn a reward at the end.
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We haven’t been reading very many books lately, which makes me sad. There is so much we can learn from books. I want to read to my kids, but they always whine when I tell them to come sit for reading time. Last year, they seemed more willing to read everyday and that might have been because we had a reading goal for the year to read 1,000 books. So I thought maybe we should set another goal this summer to motivate them to have the desire to read, and it’s been working great so far. Our family goal is to read 300 books by the end of August.
They are excited to meet this goal because the reward is going out for dinner. We will be making memories by reading together as a family and spending time together when going out to dinner, so it’s a win-win.
Here is a list of 12 Classic Novels to read to your kids by Intentional Homeschooling.
The Chirping Moms have this great list of Spring books and Bug and Garden books which I think are perfect for this time of year since we are outside so much.
And for those of you with older kids age 8-12 can find 25 Incredible Books from It’s Always Autumn.
But we still have a problem with my kids whining about sitting down to read. One thing I’ve started implementing so that my kids will look forward to reading time, is giving them something to do with their hands so they aren’t just sitting and listening to me. I made giant coloring pages for them recently. You can learn how to make your own here. I also take out giant floor puzzles, Legos, pattern blocks, Geostix, or anything else quiet that they can do individually. I rotate the activity every so often so they don’t get bored. This has been working out really well.
I hope you will make a summer reading goal too. I’ve created this printable so you can keep track of how many you’ve read. Fill out the form below to access it.
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