Reading is something that is treasured in our home. A love for reading was instilled in me when I was very young by my parents and it is something that I have tried to carry over to my own children. I can remember looking forward to the summer because it meant that I had that much more time to read! Graham definitely shares that same love and we are working very hard at making reading fun for Davis as well. I am so thankful for the parents that I have and how they made sure reading was never a chore, but a thing to be grateful for.
This summer Scholastic wants to help you and your children on a mission to make reading fun and engaging. This years Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is themed “Reading Under the Stars”. I can’t wait to get our friends together, a picnic blanket, flashlights and favorite books in order to read under the stars. Graham has been reading for about an hour a day so he is doing really well with racking up the hours! I really appreciate that it allows Graham to log in and put in his minutes. It even gives him challenges to meet which really helps to push him. My favorite part is that it sends out email updates to me to let me know how he is progressing. I was even able to link up Graham’s school so that his challenge minutes can tally in with the rest of the kids at his school.
You may be asking, how do you get your 7 year old to read for an hour a day? Well, the answer to that is a complicated one. I believe that part of it is that Graham was born with a love for reading. I think that the other part of it is because we helped foster that love at a very young age.
I was very quick to offer him books when he was very little. He always had a book in the crib with him and he had books for entertainment on road trips even before he could actually read. We also like to shake things up and read in fun locations.
Change Up the Location
One new thing we started this year was reading at lunch time. We will take a picnic blanket, our food and a favorite book outside. I read to the boys while they eat and they often ask me to read it again. We have also been known to take a fun book to the playhouse and read inside. Do you have a favorite park or location you visit? Why not take a good book and incorporate that into your play?
Find a Theme
We also like to find themes. For instance, the boys are really into lightning bugs at the moment. It is fun to let them catch them all night long and then come inside and read a fact book about lightning bugs. I am on the search for a good fiction book about them as well. Not only does this make reading interesting, but it makes it relatable.
So, make sure to join us and start logging your hours! We are going to be taking our Reading Under the Stars Challenge next month while we are at the beach. I can’t wait to share!
- Every Monday, check Scholastic on Twitter for the #MondayMinutes. See the total number of minutes kids have read to date!
- Every Friday, follow the Scholastic Facebook calendar for Friday Freebies!
- Every Friday, check out the Summer Reading Challenge Pinterest Board for a new collage of summer books.