1. Start a reading list: Help your child make a personal reading list filled with books that they are interested in and would enjoy reading. Following a list will teach your child goal setting and give them a sense of personal accomplishment when they finish their list at the end of the summer. You can also reward your child upon completing the list to celebrate this accomplishment.
If you don’t know where to start with your reading list, check your child’s school website or contact their school office for their suggested reading list.
The Nashville Public Library is also hosting a Summer Challenge where students can read for prizes. Check it out here.
2. Start and adventure book or blog: Get your child a journal or help them start an online blog where they can document their summer adventures. This will help your child develop their writing skills and give them a reason to write daily. If your child is stumped on what to write about for the day, you can find summer time writing prompts here.
3. Plan and research a summer trip: Going on vacation? Have your child help you plan your family vacation. Whether it’s a trip to a local park, beach getaway, or camping in Yellowstone, have your child research the place or any major landmarks you are visiting. It’s like taking your child on an extravagant field trip after they learn fun facts about your destination.
As an added bonus: find books relating to your travel plans for your child to read while on long car rides and flights.
4. State license plate game: Going on a road trip? Keep your child engaged on a long road trip by giving them a list of states and having them check off each state license plate you see while driving. This will help young readers practice their reading while on the road.