The school year is ending. For my daughters in college, it’s the end of the semester and they are returning their stacks of borrowed books. My son is wrapping up ninth grade and his lesson books are changing. It’s time for reading for enjoyment!
Over the summer, reading can be so much fun. Consider having a book basket easily accessible, filled with a few different types of books to peruse on a hot day. Include books you know your child will enjoy and books you’d like for them to read. Even include a recipe book and encourage them to create something new.
Join summer reading programs, and their extra reading can be further rewarded. Our community libraries have engaging speakers and performances each week as well as contests to reward kids and adults for reading.
Several bookstores offer free books when books are read over the summer. Don’t forget about homeschool curriculum companies that offer summer reading packages, too. My son enjoyed reading all of the books in Sonlight’s high school boys set last summer.
Bring books with you when you leave home. And consider audio books for long car rides. Interview an author. Attend a book club and discuss what you read. Help your child discover a new series or share a favorite from your childhood. Start a Bible study together.
Fill your home with books. Visit the library. Read to your child. Let your children see you reading. A love of reading can be contagious.
-Jennifer Miller is a Homeschool mom of three who lives on a 4th-generation family farm! She’s been married for 19 years and enjoys blogging about her amazing life! You’ll find info on occupational therapy, travel, recipes and more on her site, A Glimpse of Our Life!