These last couple of months have definitely been trying times for all of us. And, if you are anything like me, it really took a good couple weeks to really sink in! And, as much as I feel like we are in a routine, I’m realizing that my kids are watching a screen way too much! And while I know I won’t be able to cut out all screen time (just keeping it real), So, I thought I would share with you three ways to get kids off devicesand into books!

Read Aloud Together

I’m not going to dive into all the positive reasons to read to your child (that’s a post for another time), but just by setting aside some time every day to sit down together and read a book will show your child or children that you value them and want to spend time with them. It will build the parent/child bond in ways you would never imagine. It’s also going to allow you to dive into the world of a book together – how fun is that!? So, have your kiddo pick a book (or two, depending on your child), get comfy, and enjoy some time together. Click on these links to see some of my favorites for the littles, our Illustrated Classics, and Chapter books for ages 5-9 and 9-14.

Offer an Incentive Program

Sometimes offering an incentive for reading a certain amount of time each day is what it will take to get kids reading. It could be something like staying up an extra 30 minutes at night to read (but only to read), or maybe they could earn a different reward for reading a certain amount of time in a 2-week period.

Hands-On Experiences

Use books to help your child learn how to do something they are interested in. Whether it’s baking, computer coding, science experiments, gardening, learning about nature or something else; find something they are interested in, and get them a book about it. You will be surprised at how interested they will be in reading up on it before trying it. Here are a few different options:

Cooking: Option 1 or Option 2

Computer Coding: First Computer Coding, Coding with Scratch, Coding with Python

Science Experiments: 365 Science Activities, 50 Science Things to Make & Do

Gardening: Gardening for Beginners

Nature: The Outdoor Book, Nature Journal

 

There ya have it! I hope these ideas help you out as you start your extended summer break! 

Happy Reading!