Here are some great ways to keep your family reading and writing over the summer break! These tips were compiled by our SCDSB Teacher-Librarians.
- Visit your local public library and participate in summer reading programs or activities they may offer (for example, the Barrie Public Library has Readopoly and the Orillia Public Library has a summer reading club). Sign up for online resources – download the Overdrive app and your child can access ebooks and audiobooks directly on tablets and devices. All you need is a free library card and you never have overdue charges as the books are automatically checked in.
- Ask your child to help create the weekly grocery and shopping lists
- Have your child write thank-you notes to friends and family to acknowledge gifts received, for sleepovers and visits.
- Ask your child to brainstorm potential summer activities in the form of a summer bucket list.
- Have paper, crayons, pencils and art supplies in a place kids can get to … or stumble upon.
- Read aloud to your child! Talk about what you read and what your child reads — your experience helps your child better understand what they read. It’s a great way to spend time together and it helps them become better readers.
- Be a reader yourself – make time to read in front of your child to show how daily reading is important.
- Allow your child choice in what they like to read (comics, graphic novels, non-fiction, fiction, magazines). Big B Comics in Barrie gives out free comic books for report card improvement! Purchase new or used books by checking out local stores and garage sales.
- Encourage book clubs with other family members or friends and trade well-enjoyed books.
- Take photos of yourself and your family reading in a variety of locations and create a summer scrapbook project.
- Ensure books are easily accessible…on the coffee table, kitchen counter, in the car and on bedroom night tables. Add a reading lamp beside your child’s bed to encourage night time reading!
- Long summer road trip ahead? Listen to an audio book together (check out Common Sense Media’s list) in the car…or break the book up into chunks for a few shorter trips.
Great websites to visit for more summer reading ideas: