How Do You Keep them Reading All Summer? #Summerslide #giveaway
If school is almost out for summer then it’s time to start thinking about summer slide too. Oh don’t worry I am not suggesting that you spend every waking moment of the summer concerned about school. But, take a few moments now and plan ways you can help them avoid summer slide. Then the sailing is easy for the rest of the summer.
What are you up to this summer? School is almost out here. Now what’s next? We have some camps scheduled and some great travel opportunities and I am pretty happy for the warm weather to finally get here. We will be spending a lot of afternoons in our pool I hope. And then there’s cottage country of course. We will at some point be spending a few days in a cottage near Wasaga Beach and we will be writing about that here. We also have a Katy Perry concert to see. Pretty excited about that girl’s trip.
But two months is a long time to go without learning and school. So how do you keep little minds sharp? How do you keep them from turning to mush from summer slide (you know that sun spun sort of condition where you forget everything you learned that year at school.)
My kids are crazy little readers. They love books, happily for me. And because I review books over on my books blog here at thriftymommasbrainfood I always have an abundant supply for all ages. (Actually they pretty much take over my house) So I don’t usually need to work too hard to convince them to pick up a book.
Here are my four tips to keep them reading all summer long and avoid summer slide:
1. Accessibility: Summer is just like any other time of year on my house in one way. I keep books in every room of the house. Really. Bathroom. Kitchen. Bedroom. Living Room. Everywhere. Avoid summer slide by keeping books available at all times in every room. It’s a passive way of allowing them to grab one at their leisure and learn.
2. Road Trip: This summer we will be travelling by train to Ottawa for a weekend. That means books. Lots and lots of books for on the way there and the way back. Road trip to the cottage. Bring books. Nothing screams cottage life like laying on the beach with a book in hand.
3. Shut down the gadgets: I know some families who remove all technology for the summer. I am not that gal. I make a living on tech and social media and I can’t mandate that type of summer here. But I will encourage the girls to put the devices down. I will also encourage them to download books on Kobo apps and other reading apps too. My youngest is starting to see merit in reading on a tablet. Summer slide won’t be able to interfere if she’s reading a lot, even at the beach.
4. Cook with your kids. It’s a great way to make memories and stay fresh on math and literacy skills. I have some ideas for recipes you can share together. http://www.pinterest.com/inkscrblr/cooking-with-children-linky/
Simon & Schuster has website that has activities and tips on what to do form literacy experts.
Simon & Schuster Canada has graciously provided a Summer Slide giveaway package of eight awesome books to keep your kids learning all summer. I received a similar prize here. My opinion is all my own and it is also truthful.
Giveaway only open to Canada. Good Luck! ARV is $80.
we take weekly trips to the library and chapters, this summer we want to read a book title from every letter of the alphabet
I get the kids involved in the summer reading programs at the library.
We go to the library twice a week.
We go to the library at least once a week. They earn reading stickers for their reading chart for each book they read and can later redeem a full chart for a book at Chapters.
Gina aka East Coast Mommy
Here’s what we do! http://eastcoastmommyblog.blogspot.ca/2013/07/8-ways-to-encourage-summer-reading.html
We take some trips to the used bookstore together to pick out some books. My daughter really enjoys picking out her own books.
we make reading a part of our daily routine
Sadly in addition to Reading will be doing some printing and math. Time for her to start a journal!
Our library has a summer reading program that the kids love to join every year.
We read to the kids every night and visit the local library at least once a month!
Read eveyday before bed (Judy Cowan)
We read every night before bed. (Judy Cowan)
I buy activity books to keep my kids busy and learning
I buy activity books to keep my boys busy and learning
My kids love our trips to the library, they join the summer reading program.
We read a lot, all the time, and last year we went to a French class/playgroup.
My kids are participating in their school board’s summerHEAT program 🙂
We read every night before bed (one French/one English book) and I give them lessons they have to complete over the summer (reading, writing, math). #MeanMom
I would love to get this because I am collecting children books for my grandchildrens. I want them to appreciate books and be avid readers plus hopefully they become writers. Reading soothe the soul!
frequent trips to the library, and story time before bed.
Coloring and activity books 🙂
Hello! With my son we would play games that still required skills. Memory games, math games, and card games. They keep skills sharp and repetition always helps to build skills. Thank-you for a chance in this great giveaway!
We play lots of board games.
I try to get to the library as often as we can.
This is our first summer break (my oldest just finished kindergarten). Her last day was the 20th and we’ve already been to the library twice. We plan to go at least once a week through the summer. Our community also has an awesome summer reading program, story time in the park, pool reading parties and pyjama night at the library. Last summer there were all sorts of activities put on by our town to promote learning and I think a lot of them are happening this year too. Last year we had a mobile planetarium come through and this year the mobile aquarium (from Vancouver Aquarium) should be stopping in our town. Lots of opportunities to keep the learning going!