Countdown to Summer is on! I think my kiddos have about 8 school days left, woo hoo!
This is the time when I like to start thinking about goals and ideas, things I want to intentionally get on top of with my kids, during this time. I love the shake up in our schedule, it’s always new and full of possibilities.
Last summer we did a family reading challenge. Which we’re definitely going to fire up again, it was pretty easy and fun.
First Thing: Make a Poster and hang it in a prominent location in your home.
For ours, I looked at some summer reading posters online for inspiration. I found some cute clip art Popsicles and then got out the sharpies and copied a mashup of all my favorite ideas.
Then the plan was for each of us to fill in our Popsicle as we finished new books. If your not a weird parent who loves to draw and color, like myself, have the kids make something.
Step 2: Stock your place with piles of enticing and delightful books!
Whenever you need a little space… it’s silent reading time! It’s a win win for everybody!
I searched online through various reading lists from all over and wrote down the ones that had reasonable parent reviews (I check common sense media or amazon.) I also look at the reading level and go for a mix of challenge and freebie. Then I just add them to my holds list from the public library, so I could run in and grab a pile every week or so, even if we were rocking a busy schedule and didn’t always have the time to troll up and down the aisles.
Step 3: Have fun reading and adding titles to your poster! This year, whatever we do will be bigger, ours was on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of typing paper:(
We ended up writing super tiny.
Last Step: When summer ends, look back with satisfaction.
I needed to hide mine because the kids mopped the floor with us and wouldn’t stop busting our chops about it.
I love kids.