Motivating your young child to read during the summer can be a challenge. Here are 3 easy ideas to keep your child reading all summer, while subtly reinforcing the Common Core reading standards.
- Connect reading to projects or crafts: Encourage your child to read Two Blue Jays by Anne Rockwell and Megan Halsey. This is an engaging story about students observing blue jays building a nest outside their classroom window. Then, help her make a simple birdhouse to hang in a tree in your backyard. Or, have him read Maisy Makes Lemonade by Lucy Cousins, and help him set up a lemonade stand.
- Connect reading to family travel or other family interests: Together read Punky Goes Fishing by Sally G. Ward, before going on a fishing trip. Or, read The Little Airplane by Lois Leski before going on an airplane trip.
- Set a Summer Reading Goal: Challenge your child to read 5 books a week. Keep a reading sticker chart, and for each book read, add a sticker. When there are 15 stickers on the chart have a special reward for your good reader, such as an ice cream sundae or new beach toy.
Other Fun Ways to Focus on Common Core Reading Standard:
• Have her tell you key details in the story.
• Have him retell the story to demonstrate understanding of its main idea.
• Talk about characters, setting, and events in the story.
• Compare and contrast adventures and experiences of the characters in the story.
Make meaningful reading part of your family’s summertime fun!
Editor's note: Another fun way to read with your child—while combining a fun activity—is to read the recipe for these Lemonade Cookies, which are easy to make, or choose other recipes to make with children from our Recipe Share.