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How do you get your kids to embrace summer reading?

Ohh the woes of summer. There are lots of moms out there who go crazy during summer because it's just them and the kids. Dad still gets to run off and play "office man" or whatever and your stuck at home with the kids. It's also not that easy to say to the kids, "Hey, who wants to read a book!" Mind you there are exceptions, but I think it's pretty safe to say that most kids cringe when they have to read. During school or for homework or buying a new book may be exciting, but when it's summer or spring vacation it's torturer for them when we say they have to read a book.

Well, how about make it a family event. When our first born (geez I need to give these kids blog names) was starting to pick up everything we had "No TV time." Daddy would get his PC Magazine, Mommy would either do a craft or grab a book, and she learned that quite time ment she could flip the pages of a book too! She loved to be like mommy and daddy.

We were also lucky enough that she still loves to read. We don't have "No TV time" as often as we did, now we have two kids, and it's not as easy. But this summer is her second summer on official "summer" break and it's the first summer that the teacher sent her home with a workbook to do over the summer (which I think all schools should do). They also gave her a requirement to read 60 wpm by the beginning of the school year, which she can do.

Anywho, so I wanted to share some great tips on how you can get your kiddos to add some great reads to their thriving minds.
  1. Reading Log: Aside from chores, you can staple some sheets of paper together and decorate the cover page with your child and offer a reward for "X" amount of books read.
  2. Public Library: Each public library has activities, crafts and programs that will help keep your kids interested in reading.
  3. Series: Like their big brothers or sisters there are also book series for the little ones. Or heck, read books to them that are a bit more advanced and have more "adventure" in them.
  4. Quiet time: Family reading time works great, it worked for us. Designate one or two times a week for the WHOLE family to sit down (inside, outside, while on vacation) and READ.
  5. Book Club: Yes, even for the little ones. These are perfect for those pre-teens as well. Get the neighborhood, friends and even relatives that live near by to read the same book and talk about it when they are done.
I hope you've enjoyed my tips, I'm so excited! My 6 year old wants me to type in that she has already read over 35 books this summer and that she learned so many new words! So, get on the ball. Reading can help your children in so many ways. If you'd like to read more tips you can to to the Twitter Moms and maybe even share some tips yourself, click here.

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