Countless studies have shown that reading is one of the most beneficial activities for children of all ages. When children engross themselves in an exciting new book, they are actually improving their mental and emotional health in a myriad of ways. Reading on a regular basis reduces stress, fosters independence, improves vocabulary, boosts creativity, and strengthens memory as well. But for so many rambunctious, high energy kids, sitting down in front of a book is not their idea of a fun time. With summer right around the corner, the staff at Rosewood Academy has come up with their top five tips to make summer reading something to look forward to, rather than a chore.
- 1. Write a letter – To get your kids more excited about reading, offer to help them write a letter to the author with their thoughts, feelings, and impressions of the book. Kids love to get letters in the mail, so that will incentivize them to finish their reading! When they get a response from the author, it will make it all worthwhile.
- 2. Create a contest – If you want to spice up your approach to summer reading, consider making it into a contest. If your kids have been begging for a new game or toy, you can skip the typical allowance routine and instead ask them to read a certain number of pages before they can earn it.
- 3. Book Club – Whether you have a big family or an only child, you can create a book club with a mix of classmates and siblings right inside your very own home. Make sure to include all sorts of tasty snacks, and make it extra fun by making themed foods that relate to what the kids are reading.
- 4. Read along – When your children are struggling to get excited or into a book, you can help them along by reading the same materials. That way when they come to you with questions about characters and plot development, you will have an insider’s perspective on what is going on and you’ll be able to motivate them.
- 5. Make a trip – Just like it’s always fun to make themed snacks, you can also plan a themed trip too! If you’re reading Goodnight Moon, you can make a visit to the planetarium or an observatory. If Charlotte’s Web is on the list, you can visit a farm to check out the pigs! There are limitless options when it comes to taking a special field trip with your kids.
If you would like to learn more about how to make summer reading fun and exciting for your little ones, we’d love to hear from you. Simply fill out this contact form and we will reach out to answer all your questions and show you how Rosewood Academy can be an excellent choice for supplementing your child’s education!