Here are some ways to make summer reading an enjoyable activity.
1. Read with your children. Children follow the example set by the parents, and if you read, the children will more likely do so, too.2. Read aloud. Children's interest in all kinds of books can be expanded by hearing something read aloud. Discussing what is read motivates the understanding and enjoyment - for all ages. The read-aloud sessions can meet the needs of many ages if each has a turn at choosing what the selection will be.
3. Help your child join a summer reading program. The Deseret News is offering a Summer Reading Contest, and there are others offered at the libraries and even one at the national level in which children can participate.
4. A reading log. Have children keep a journal of what is read and their reactions. share the journal at read-aloud time.
5. Writing/Reading together. There is a close correlation between reading and writing. Summer may be a good time to help children practice their writing especially when it is directed to a book.
6. Help children use TV tie-ins (ooks that are put into media) as a possibility. Local libraries will know about these programs and books. Watch the television listings for programs such as Reading Rainbow and afternoon specials.
7. As you read the newspaper, circle or star things that my be interesting for the child.
8. If children go to bed reluctantly, give them permission for 15 more minutes if they read during that time.
9. Set goals (ime or amounts to be read) established by you and the child as an incentive for consistent reading; not a punishment but an incentive. Perhaps this can be a special family time together or something the child really wants to have. Be sure that the goal is realistic and attainable.
10. Don't use reading as a threat or punishment.
11. Let the child establish independence here. Silent reading with a timer is much better than having to read everything out loud for you to check pronunciation and meaning. This is a time for enjoyment of reading.