Create a wish list of things
to do this summer.
Visit your local zoo
and have you child be the guide. They can read direction signs
as well as exhibit descriptions on the animals
Research the spot you will
be visiting this summer on vacation or pretend you are going to
a city or state and find out all of the things you can do when
you get there.
Make your child the keeper
of the family calendar for the summer. They can add necessary
appointments and check it each morning to let everyone know what
their obligations are for the day.
movie to see and have your child look up some reviews on the
internet and read it to everyone to help make a selection.
Have them keep a journal about their weekly experiences and let
them read it at the dinner table on Friday.
Swap books with a friend. Keep sharing books throughout the
Select books that appeal to your child's interest. For
example, if they love kites, select a book on how to make
your own kite, do the activity and then take it to the beach or
park and fly it. Do they enjoy cooking? Select a book with
cooking recipes or edible art and make the food on a rainy day.
constellations can you see on a clear summer night? Look at
the sky using a star guide to help you find the constellations.
words from a newspaper. Paste them on paper and make a card or
letter for a friend
Pick a type of book, for
example biography, and have everyone in the family go to the
library and select a book. At the dinner table share a few
interesting facts about what you have read.
Go out for a meal and
let you child order the food for each family member. Menus
at a restaurants are filled with words to practice.
Try to plan some family
outings around book related topics. For example, have your
child read the biography of Ben Franklin and then take them to
Philadelphia, Pa to visit his print shop and museum.
for an out–of-town license plate and call out the letters on it.
Everyone takes a turn coming up with a different phrase using the
letters in order as they appear on the license plate. For example if the
letters were WIG the phrase could be “Watermelon is good”. When you
can't think of any more phrases then find another license plate and
Write a letter to a friend
or family member that is out of town.
Read a sports
magazine, such as Sports Illustrated for Kids, the stories may
be short enough and appealing enough to keep their interest. As
a reward go to a baseball game and have them keep score.
A minor league or high school game will be
fun and more cost effective.
Read about a new sport like
tennis or skateboarding and take a lesson.
the ice cream flavors you can think of and then put them in
A-B-C order. Then go out for an ice cream cone.
Read Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham
and then put on your chef's hats and actually make green eggs
Have a joke or song party.
Everyone brings their favorite joke or song and then reads the
joke or sings the song. Give prizes for the best
performance, best joke etc..
own board game. Include game pieces, cards, and a spinner or
dice. Teach your family how to play it.
are filled with
things to read such as store names, price tags, and a store
directories so do a mall scavenger hunt.
Check out Barnes and
Noble Reading Program -- This is a program for elementary aged
children. Once your child reads a specified number of books
they return the completed log sheet and they pick out a free book.
Listen to audio books
in the car and have your child follow along in their book.
Kids love to do plays so why
not have a play-reading party. Look for a short, easy to
read play. A great site to check is
www.script-o-rama.com. Make copies for
everyone, select parts and let the fun begin. You may even
want to video tape it and show it when parents arrive to pick up
charades with your family. Take turns acting out book titles.
Christmas in July --
Go to the library select a holiday book. Create a seasonal
snack and then read the book and have your snack.
shells at the beach or rocks along a trail. Use a nature guide
to identify them
Use Road signs and
billboards to play word or letter hunt games.
Visit a museum
site in your area and read the exhibit descriptions together.
Have a teddy bear picnic.
Invite a few friends to come and bring their favorite teddy
bear. Create your favorite "bear" munchies. Read a few
popular bear stories like the Berenstain Bears or Corduroy