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Tips For Getting Your Children To Read During the Summer

For as long as I can remember I've had a love of reading. I think it started in first grade when I first learned to read, and it continues today. When I had children, my hope was to instill that same love of reading in them. I think I've done a pretty good job of that, but summers can be a challenge. A break from school shouldn't mean a break from reading.

Here are 3 tips to help you get your kids excited about reading during their summer break.

1. Read With Your Children
We've instituted "DEAR" (drop everything and read) time at our house. Each day, we set everything aside for 20 to 30 minutes to read. Cell phones, TVs, computers are turned off, and we grab our books and read. Often, the 30 minutes is extended as we become so engrossed our books that we can't stop.

2. Let Them Choose The Books They Read

During the school year, kids have required reading for school. Allow them to choose their own books in the summer, but be sure they are age appropriate. Books that are too easy or too difficult will be a turn off to kids and will not make reading an enjoyable experience.

3. Make Books Accessible

It isn't always feasible to buy every book we want to read. Join your local public library where you can borrow books. Or set up a borrowing system with friends and neighborhood families. Offer a variety of reading material such as newspapers, magazines, and informational material, and keep them in a central location where everyone in the family can easily find them.

When we make it easy and fun for our kids to read, they will do it more frequently and more passionately.

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