School is nearly out, and summer is fast approaching. My children and I are busy planning all sorts of fun outings, hikes, and adventures. We plan to get a lot of quality playtime in, but I also want them to spend some time reading this summer.
My mother taught me to love books at a very young age. Listening to her read was a significant soundtrack to my childhood. She also taught me to read at a very young age, and then nothing could stop me from plowing through the endless shelves and boxes of books she collected.
Reading opens the doors of imagination. It teaches us about the world we live in, and it allows us to dream of what might be. It is critical to improving our minds, and doing well in school. I don’t want my children to loose traction with their studies this summer. I don’t want them to spend the months watching television or playing the WII not matter how much movement it requires. I want them to READ!
Thankfully, they love to read, but just to make it a little more fun, I created 5 Fun Summer Reading Charts for them to keep track of, and be rewarded for, their summer reading. Each interactive chart offers something a bit different, but they are all fun and centered around helping the children feel motivated to read and accomplished as they complete books. Check them out:
Reading is Sweet!! – Ice Cream Cone Summer Reading Chart
This is my kids favorite. At the beginning of the summer I have them take on the project of cutting ice cream scoops out of bits of colored paper. I give them each a cone, and as they complete books over the summer, they write the title on a scoop and place it atop their cone. Once they’ve reached an agreed upon number of scoops, I take them out for a special date to get a real ice cream cone. It’s a great motivator to read, and a fun excuse to take them out for some individual time with mom.
Get Carried Away – Summer Reading Chart
This adorable chart, inspired by Disney’s UP, just makes me smile because it involves balloons. What child, or adult for that matter, doesn’t love balloons. The idea of being able to float away with a bouquet of colorful bubbles is as fun as it is fantastic. For this chart, have your child help you color or draw a house. The can also cut out balloon shapes from bits of colored paper. When they complete books this summer, have them write the title on a balloon and attach it to their house.
As a reward for completing a specified number of books, you might take them to get a balloon bouquet and let them experiment with floating objects in the safety of your living room.
Soar with Summer Reading – Kite Chart
This simple, fun summer reading chart requires a paper kite and a collection of paper bows for the tail. Each time your child completes a book, have them write the title on a bow and fasten it to their kite tail. Challenge your children to see how long their tail can grow. Reward them for reaching a certain number of books by taking them to a local windy spot and giving them a kite of their own.
Measure Up – Summer Reading Chart
This chart is a simple, but fun visual for children who enjoy tracking their accomplishments. Each time your child finishes a book, have them place the book against the chart. Then trace a line across marking the thickness of the completed book. The write the title of the book in the space. As they read more books, the line height will continue to grow, and they will be able to see how tall the stack of books would be that they read through over the summer.
Challenge them to reach a certain height. Allow them to compete against each other if that works for your family. Offer a reward for reaching a certain measurement. This chart works well for older children as well as the littles.
Be a STAR Reader – Summer Reading Chart
For this fun summer reading chart, have your kids cut out paper stars or use purchased star stickers. For every book they complete, they can add a star to their chart. If they are using paper stars, have them write the title of the book on each star. It’s bright. It’s fun. It’s effective. Make sure you express your excitement as the chart fills, and maybe treat your child to a special date or a treat for reading a specified number of books.
I hope you are inspired by these Fun Summer Reading Charts. Choose whichever chart works best for the readers at your house or let them pick themselves. Have fun with it. Make it an adventure, and have a wonderful, book filled summer.