When you have 2 kids home all summer long, you need to have a lot of tricks in your bag. While it is fun to craft and play outside all day long, we also try and include some time working on reading and writing skills. Every summer we sign up for our local library’s summer reading club. The library program is a lot of fun. However, as my girls are getting older we thought it might be fun to step outside of the library program and create our own summer reading club.
The prep work was easy. I went out to one yard sale and a couple of book store sales – and stocked up a big bag of books for my girls. I tried to pick a wide selection of chapter books that would engage them and challenge them. I hid the books and the girls have no idea what the titles are…thus I can’t mention the names since my eldest daughter reads this blog. Sorry. If you are looking for great books for kids, be sure to check out our Books for Kids Pinterest board. I have pinned so many amazing book collections – for children of all ages. I am also working on putting together a round up of summer themed books for kids.
Okay, so what is a summer reading club all about? Well, it isn’t just about reading books, our reading book is about comprehension and activities that extend the learning. I created three printable pages for kids to work on. The first page is a traditional reading log. Use the reading log to track the name of the books read, the author and the date the book was completed.
The second page is a series of boxes to complete. This page is all about comprehension – who were the characters, what 3 things happened in the book, what was the setting and how did the story end?
The final page is a chance for kids to create her own story. By simply asking “what happened next?” children can create an additional story. At the end of the book where do you think the story will go? Open up your child’s imagination and get them writing. There is even space to draw a picture of what might happen next.
Early readers will enjoy the extra “What words do you know?” page. Have your child fill this page with the first sight words from the book that your child can read on her own. Let your early reader fill in the summer reading pages with pictures, instead of words, if that will keep her engaged in the work.
I haven’t incorporated any sort of prizes into this reading club – but I might give a bonus prize when they reach 10 books. How are you incorporating learning into your kids summer vacation?