There’s nothing like curling up with a great book by the pool, especially on vacation. If you have a kindergarten-aged child, there are a variety of fun activities that will encourage them to read during the summer. Once your child browses the summer reading list for kindergarteners and finds a few books that pique their interest, you can use these five strategies to facilitate active reading.
First, find a way to integrate reading time into other fun summer activities, so it doesn’t feel like an obligation. For example, if your child loves swimming, enjoy some outdoor reading together before lunchtime. Meanwhile, your child can also practice reading during other tasks, like grocery shopping or cooking.
We highly recommend signing your child up for a library card. At first, accompany your child and help them navigate the library and the various types of books now available to them. Then, give them some unaccompanied time to explore.
Many libraries offer incentives for summer reading, including coupons for free food and prizes. This will encourage your child to finish books and track their reading time throughout the summer. For example, Pizza Hut has a popular program called BOOK IT!. A program which awards students a free personal pizza when they achieve reading goals.
If you’re planning to go on a family trip this summer, encourage reading by checking out books about your destination. For example, if you’re traveling to Paris, you can learn about French food by checking out some picture books. By the time you land in the City of Lights, your child will know all about ratatouille and how to say “thank you” in French.
Likewise, if you’re planning a family road trip, you’ll have plenty of free time in the car for activities. We recommend audiobooks so you can enjoy a lighthearted read as a family. This will keep your kindergartener engaged and attentive on a long trip.