School may be out for the summer, but that doesn't mean reading has to stop or that it can't be fun! Getting kids involved and making it fun is a great way to encourage reading...especially during the summer. The following are some ideas/tips I have learned over the years as a parent and teacher...

  • Rotate books often. - Having been a preschool teacher, I have accumulated a lot of children's books over the years. Instead of putting them ALL out, I put out some of them and change them out with new ones frequently. This gives Kaelyn new and exciting stories to explore which helps encourage her to read more.
  • Read to younger siblings. - There are times when Kaelyn seems to be looking for something to do, and I'll suggest that she pick out a book and read it to Kaden. Although she is only 2 1/2 years old and not actually 'reading' yet, she does a great job with using the pictures to guide her. She and her brother both love this!
  • Offer a quiet and comfortable place to read. - For children to get the most out of reading, it's important that they have a quiet and comfortable place to sit down and read. Kaelyn has a special little chair she loves to sit in. In my classroom I would do things like set up tents, put pillows out, etc.
  • Take children to the library. - Taking your kids to the library and letting them pick out a few books is another great way to encourage reading. They're able to pick out books on their own and find the ones that interest them most.
  • Offer a variety of reading materials. - Aside from books, we also have children's magazines that Kaelyn loves to read as well.
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These are just a few of the many things we've done to help encourage Kaelyn to read this summer. One of our newest favorites is the VTech V.Reader! If you missed last week's post, be sure to check it out for more information on this amazing little device for children. It's a fantastic way to promote reading and make it fun at the same time. Last week I included several pictures of how easy it is to use, and this week wanted to share a short video clip of it in use so you could get an even better idea.



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  1. Busy Working Mama July 20, 2010 at 9:09 AM  

    We read a lot - even at the breakfast table. Keeps my child seated longer!

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  9. mommalovesmee July 20, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

    Quiz and reward:- We have quiz night where we read books to our son and ask him lots of questions and at the end reward him for the answers he give(we give him dollars which can only be spent for buying new books).

    Getting into the characters of the story:- We usually plan this for weekends. I help my son to make colorful hats for all of us and we all pick a character of the story and read our lines. Give award(made of paper)to our son for encouraging and showing him that he is doing great.

    Counting while reading:- We always count pages while reading books. Kids get excited to do this because they like saying to everyone the number of pages they read.

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  15. Anonymous July 20, 2010 at 10:30 AM  

    My tip: We go to the library weekly and when we do, we make sure to get books on subjects they are interested in (frogs/airplanes/potty training etc.) They are always so excited for library day!

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  21. Lynette July 20, 2010 at 10:48 AM  

    My best summer reading tip is: Go to the library - often!

  22. Lynette July 20, 2010 at 10:50 AM  

    Also - for encouraging reading while traveling, consider downloading kids picture books on your iPhone. Check out the selection of PicPocket Books on iTunes, also check MomsWithApps www.momswithapps.com for a whole variety of parent-approved, kid-tested apps. Lots of storybooks!

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  25. mommy2luke2008 July 20, 2010 at 11:31 AM  

    My best tip would be to enroll them in the summer reading programs at your local library. They are fun and often times you win prizes after you've read so many books! I have done this with my 2 year old for the last TWO years and he loves it!! He won a beach bag this year!
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  27. Letherton July 20, 2010 at 11:46 AM  

    My tip is to make a daily time for reading every day. Like before bed or after lunch.

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  38. The Gosfam July 20, 2010 at 12:24 PM  

    My tip is I make reading fun--we read whenever we want to, and isn't forced. We also do books on tape and they love following along and helps my 6yr old develop her reading skills. Thankfully I am young and my kids love to read and be read to.

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  41. Debbie Stanton July 20, 2010 at 12:35 PM  

    Hmmmm.... my best tip to encoruage kids to read during summertime is to make an event of it... for example, every Wednesday is a trip to the library at 2:00 (tied into puppet/storytime which is at 3:00). The child picks out a few books, listens to storytime and then go for icecream afterwards. Next, schedule an evening or two of reading... say Sunday and Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 is family reading.
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  54. Sabrina July 20, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

    I let my kids pick out books that they would like to read. For my 2 year old i make sure we have books with balls, animals, or vehicles in them since these strike his interest the most.
    i keep books in both our vehicles so that they can read on long or short trips to where ever.
    we make up our own summer fun reading list with a selection of books picked by my son and myself for him to read. If he reads all of them then i reward him at the end of the summer with a brand new book of his choice and a make your own sundae party.

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  66. Anonymous July 20, 2010 at 1:12 PM  

    My best tip for reading encouragement is to have my oldest daughter read to her younger siblings at bedtime. It is a way for me to hear her reading, it is a great way for her to feel important and it helps the younger ones to hear and see and want to follow in big sis's footsteps!
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    THe next time your child asks you about animals, space, stars, etc. go together to the library,research material at home, or go online.
    ALso,when reading aloud, stop to talk about the story, to predict what will happen,and to look at the pictures on the page. Take time to talk about your reactions to a book. How does your child view the story?

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  73. MomLovesDeals July 20, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

    My kids read more when they see me read. If I am reading on the couch while they play, within minutes, they are snuggled next to me with books of their own!

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  76. traci smith July 20, 2010 at 2:11 PM  

    my tip is make sure the tv is off, cuddle up in a comfy spot, ours is our big recliner, make different voices for characters in the book, and have the kids read some of the book back to me

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    I make fluorescent flash cards for them. With either phrases for them to learn or words. At this moment I made cards for them so they can learn spanish one side has an english word the other side has the spanish word. They're cheap, easy to make and if I forget to take them on a vacation I can always stop by and buy some anywhere.

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  108. Dakotapam July 20, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

    I encourage my kids to read by being a good example. We have tons of books in the house (bookshelves in every room, except bathrooms which have magazine baskets). My husband and I both read for work and fun, and encourage the kids to do the same. I read to them, they read to me, they read to the babies! We spend a lot of time at bookstores and libraries. Honestly, books are like candy to my kids!

  109. mary July 20, 2010 at 4:07 PM  

    Sometimes, when I know my kids aren't ready to jump at the "why don't you read a book" suggestion to ease their boredom, I just begin reading an interesting book of theirs out loud and within seconds, they come over to sit and listen.

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  130. ♥Cari♥ July 20, 2010 at 7:53 PM  

    My best tip to get kids to read during the summer is to set up a list prior to school ending. Set a goal. Then, turn it into a contest. For every book read, they get some sort of prize or reward. I've seen it work really well with the kids in my daycare!

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  133. sharonjo July 20, 2010 at 7:55 PM  

    Kids are very visual. Make a chart or graph (have them help!), and hang it in a prominent place. Then as they read, or you read to them, mark their progress--pages read, books read, etc... You may want to offer some kind of "prize" for reaching a predetermined goal--or not. Kids should really learn early on that reading is its own reward, but sometimes a tangible pay-off works wonders!

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  147. Melissa July 20, 2010 at 8:18 PM  

    I just started reading to my boys as infants and we read often. Whenever they get interested in a particular subject (my oldest was obsessed with Firetrucks, etc for a while), we go to the library and read all kinds of books about the subject, even just picture books. They love it because they're reading about something they're interested in and I love it because they're reading.
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  149. Lily Bean Designs July 20, 2010 at 8:22 PM  

    I suggest a picnic book party! Pack a lunch for you and the kiddos, and head out to the front yard, or even the park! But don't forget your favorite books to read after lunch!

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  179. Viva July 20, 2010 at 8:32 PM  

    What works in our family is our local library has a summer reading program that for each book your child reads they get a ticket to win a gift. The more books you read, the more tickets. Plus we're huge fans of the Barnes & Noble and Borders summer reading programs. Your child reads about 10 books, logs them in and they get to choose a free book! Great stores. Thanks!

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  183. Viva July 20, 2010 at 8:34 PM  

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  184. Mom Caboodle July 20, 2010 at 9:07 PM  

    My kids love to read. I think the best tips for parents is to show your kids by example. My husband and I love books and we are always going to the library or thrift stores to get books. My kids have always been exposed to books, so reading just comes natural to them and they love it!

  185. Mom Caboodle July 20, 2010 at 9:08 PM  

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  198. Traci66 July 20, 2010 at 9:25 PM  

    We encourage reading by letting little man get a special teat after he reads 10 books.
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  199. Traci66 July 20, 2010 at 9:27 PM  

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  200. Traci66 July 20, 2010 at 9:28 PM  

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