Summer is here, and even though kids are out of school, that doesn't mean they are off the hook completely. Summer reading helps children stay engaged during these next few months, but some parents have a tougher time than others to get their child to read. Here are a few tips to get kids interested in books this summer.
Since most children just want to be outside, set a time each day to read while out in the yard. For younger kids, reading out loud can be beneficial, as they are forced to stay engaged for a certain amount of time. Also, set a good example. If a child sees their mom or dad reading on their down time, they are more inclined to pick up a book themselves.
Having the youngster pick out their own books is also key. It is unlikely a child will be excited about reading if they have no desire to read a specific book. Help a child choose by giving them a list of a few books and explaining each one.
Finally, make reading fun. By creating an interactive environment, the child is more likely take the time to read in between trips to the beach and ice cream shops.