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Make Reading Count! 5 Ways to Motivate Summer Readers (page 2)

Make Reading Count! 5 Ways to Motivate Summer Readers

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Updated on Sep 3, 2013

4. How Many Books?

  • Trace your child’s right and left hands on paper and cut out.
  • Have your child write the title of each book read on one of the fingers or thumbs. Your child can see at a glance how many books he has read!
  • Create more paper hands as you need them. Ask questions like “You read five books last week and you read two books this week. How many books have you read in the last two weeks?”
  • Toward the end of summer, you may even want to show your child how to use a calculator. This can be a fun way for the child to check his counting and addition.

5. Scrapbook Books

Your older children may enjoy creating a scrapbook page for each book they read to record their summer reading adventures. Purchase a special scrapbook, paper, and some fun scrapbooking supplies, then let your child’s creativity take hold! Spend time at the end of the summer, reminiscing with your child about the books she read. She just may want to keep this project going beyond summer.

This is just a small sample of some of the ways you can make reading count this summer. Adapt these ideas to meet the needs and interests of your child. The main idea is to motivate kids to read, reward their efforts, and help them discover the lifetime adventure that awaits them inside the cover of books!

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