Over time our family has moved many times and we discovered different local reading programs in the many places we have lived. The first place to look for reading programs is the local public library. If your child doesn’t have a library card yet – now is the time to get one. While you are at the library look around to see fliers and information about different activities and programs that may take place in that library.
Today at our local library I noticed fliers inviting children to come and “Read to a Dog”. The concept of reading to a do intrigued me so I questioned them a bit. It seems that when some children are hesitant readers and a bit nervous about reading aloud to others this is a good, fairly painless way to invited readers to read aloud. After all, kids love dogs and dogs love kids and the dog may sit still while the child is reading to it.
Local book stores often sponsor summer reading programs to encourage reading. Requirements are to keep track of what you read and take the list into the store where you are invited to pick out a free book in your age level. My grand-kids enjoy this as they love to read and love to get free books.
Summer time seems to be so full of fun activities for kids. Swimming lessons, camping, girl scouts, cut scouts, and boy scouts and fun in a club-house or up in a tree-house. Kids are going-going-going all day long and sometimes it is hard to just get them to sit still for a meal so you need to be creative to get them to read.
With some careful planning and creative ideas you can get them to slow down and grab a book. If it is too hot outside to play have them come inside where it is cool. Make a tent with some sheets hung over some chairs and give them flashlights to read with. Make it a fun adventure and be sure to provide some yummy treats.
Get a gum ball machine and fill it with big gum balls and let them take one gum ball and chew it while they are reading. When they are done with a chapter or so or a specific time they can insert the book mark, throw away their gum, and go back out to play.