Top summer reading tips for kids
Summer means different things for different people. For students, it’s time to party and relax; for parents, it’s the time to hold neighborhood events and start saving up, and for kids, it’s the time to kick back and finally have some fun. School’s out! It’s that one time of the year when they can go to the beach and hang out with all their friends without worrying about some project or homework. For them, the entire summer is all about having fun, and as a parent, it’s your sacred duty to balance fun with continuous learning. You might be able to replace “fun” with something more rewarding like reading.
Knowledge attained outside the classroom tends to stick around longer
You don’t want to be the “uncool” parents who force your kids to do something school-related during the summer season, but you don’t really have that much of choice. Here’s why. The lessons that really stick with you long after you finish school are the ones that you learned when you didn’t really have to.
The knowledge that is acquired without some form of ultimatum or consequence always leaves a lasting impression. It also introduces you to a new side of knowledge that is not purely scholarly.
Reading is right for you regardless of what it is that you decide to read – obviously you will have to control your kids’ intake in your spare time. Reading strengthens the mind, and continual learning increases the speed at which you assimilate and process information. Just imagine the kind of impact a fantastic reading speed could have on your kid’s educational future. You could be adequately preparing them for a future in academia.
The reward of “ruining” the obsessively fun summer will be some exposure to other subjects and topics that are unfamiliar to them. Recreational reading could be very instrumental in building up their overall personality. Plus, proper exposure ensures that they have enough information to help kids become smarter and more informed decisions at a tender age.
It can teach them to do research and ask questions
Summer reading could form the basis of a voracious reading habit that could beautifully complement their curiosity. It’s not every kid that thinks about something strange that eventually goes on to investigate. Summer reading could introduce them to the concept of research.
Get your kids do reading during summer
It’s easy to talk about getting your kids to read during the summer season, getting them to do it entirely the issue.
Kids can be especially stubborn or pigheaded when you are trying to force them to do what they simply have no interest in. The only way to have them do what you want the right way is to either introduce a reward system or trick them that it’s all their idea. Local libraries often offer summer reading lists per age group.
Establish a Reward system
Are you having a hard time getting your kid to do anything you want? Wait patiently, there is always something they want and you can use that to get what you want – in this case, it’s a healthy reading habit.
When they come to you with a ridiculous demand, you can propose a fair trade that will engage their mind and keep it focused on a book that you’ll recommend. You can even choose to deliver the reward after the completion of several books, that way, you are getting the most out of your deal.
You can also choose to limit or restrict playtime, and the completion of a certain number of pages could be the requirement they must fulfill before they are allowed to play again.
Making them think it’s their idea
In my experience, people are always more motivated to complete a project that they believe to be totally theirs. When it’s your plan, you just tend to pay more attention to it. It’s like you want to prove something to yourself and others around you. Adults think this way, and so do kids. They can be pretty devoted to completing a book they just accidentally stumbled upon or see you flip through.
You don’t have to be so obvious and too pushy. You could give a rousing speech about reading and hand them over a book that you know they will enjoy the most, and leave the rest to them.
The summertime doesn’t have to be all about vacations and parties. This is actually a very good opportunity for your kids to develop a reasonable analytical mind.