Summer is here! That means sunshine, long days, and lots of time to read for pleasure. There are so many great adventures found in the pages of books. Cracking one open is the ultimate Adventure in Learning. They take you to far off lands, help change your perspective, and teach you new things.
This summer, help your child chart all their reading adventures with a sunshiny reading log.
Step-by-step instructions are included below, but honestly you could make this a variety of ways using the materials you have on hand. For instance, if you’re out of yellow construction paper but have yellow crayons, color a circle yellow for the sun and draw lines extending from it for rays. Then write a title of a book on each ray.
- Yellow construction paper
- Use the construction paper to cut out a large half circle.
- Draw a face on it.
- Tape it to the wall or refrigerator.
- Take another piece of yellow construction paper. Cut it into strips.
- Write the name of the book your child is reading on it. Have them use it as a bookmark. Then, when they’re finished their book, tape it to the sun as a sunbeam.
Take it further
Kick off this activity with a trip to the library to help your child sign up for his or her very own library card.
Encourage your child to choose a variety of books – fairy tales, folklore, fantasy, biographies, concept books, etc.
Set a goal for how many books your child would like to read. It may help to set up smaller goals (e.g., a certain number of books every week or two weeks) to help kids feel a sense of accomplishment and keep them motivated. It’ll also help them avoid the mad-dash at end of the summer to squeeze all that reading in at once. Summer stories should be savored.
Happy summer! And happy reading!