Have your children come home for the summer vacation with an extensive list of books to read? Mine have! With four children who sort of/kind of like to read, we need to come up with a plan for each one that will get him/her to read the summer suggested/required books and enjoy the process. So, what will we do?
For our middle and high school students, summer reading is mandatory. There will be a test on each book the first week of school. Usually, if there are Cliff Notes or Spark Notes for the assigned book, there will be several questions to determine who only read the “notes” and who actually read the books. The academic year will start by separating the readers from the “non” readers. I have found that giving each of my children a wall calendar and telling him/her to write down a reading schedule with how many pages s/he will read each day helps to get them to see that four books to be read over nine weeks is possible. My husband and I take turns checking each child’s progress.
For our youngest son entering first grade, it is suggested that he read certain books and that we read to him during the summer. That is where having three other reading children is so great. I mark their reading scheduled calendars with special reading times for them and their youngest brother. Then, he gets extra practice by reading aloud to each of his older siblings and they get to read to him and spend time together. Of course my husband and I have a routine to read to our youngest but we read him our choices and not from the school’s suggested reading list.
We would love to hear from you about any suggestions you have to make summer reading lists manageable and summer reading enjoyable!