Time READING Fun Ideas
vacations became a reality across the United States,
parents everywhere are faced with that popular refrain,
"Theres nothing to do!" To help fill in
the void, we've compiled a list of summer reading fun
that can be adapted to kids of any age, will help keep
school abilities sharp and focused, and the kids
entertained and out of your hair!
- SHOPS AHOY!
your local shopping trips into a refresher course
for reading and mathematics!
a. Have your kids read the
grocery list and find items such as tomatoes,
paper towels, cereal, detergent, etc.
b. Help them read the aisle
headings (such as Dairy, Automotive, Produce,
etc.) and ask them what items they would
expect to find there.
c. You can also have them
compare pricing: is 3 for a $1.00 a better
deal than 2 for 75¢?
d. Ask them to pick out
items that begin with a specific letter -
such as L for limes, licorice, lollipops,
lettuce, etc. As a reward, you could let them
pick out their favorite L item!
e. Or if you are heading
for the mall and back to school sales, the
kids can help you compare the cost of tennis
shoes or jeans. You can also use shopping to
discuss the difference between a right and
privilege. Is a pair of tennis shoes a right,
or a privilege? Consider the same regarding a
brand name, such as a pair of Nikes versus
Keds, or the store brand versus Calvin
Kleins. Their answers may surprise you!
- SEE THE MOVIE! READ THE BOOK!
Most childrens movies started out
as a book. When you are taking them to see the
latest summer blockbuster, visit your bookstore
or library afterwards and look for the book.
Disneys new summer hit Mulan originally
started out as Fa Mulan, a beautiful book
by Robert D. San Souci with illustrations by Jean
& Mou-Sien Tseng. Other choices could include
a visit to your local theater or video store for:
James and the Giant Peach,
The Princess Bride, The Last Unicorn, The
Witches, The Borrowers, Dr. Doolittle, Matilda,
Babe, and many others.
- CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY FOR SUMMER
- Many libraries have reading games
with prizes for filling out a game board, reading
so many books, etc. If your local library does
not have such a program, you may want to suggest
they do so, or even help to start one!
- HAVE THEM LEARN A NEW HOBBY OR SKILL!
- Books are available in a wide
range of subjects suitable for any age! Find out
what your child is interested in, such as
learning to draw, magic tricks, using rubber
stamps, origami, assembling model cars or
performing science experiments. For the younger
child, help them read the directions and
supervise. Make sure the activity is within their
ability range! This might be the perfect time to
help them start a new hobby or learn about yours!