10 ways to keep your child reading this summer
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By GreatSchools Staff
6. Read cookbooks and packaged food labels
Have your children select recipes they would like to try. Include them in grocery shopping and meal preparation. Encourage them to read product labels so they know what they will be eating. You might be surprised to find they enjoy family meals more when they've taken part in the process.
7. Read instruction pamphlets
This kind of "practical" reading helps children connect reading with hands-on learning. Reading instructions for building projects, assembling games or blowing up pool toys can give children a real sense of accomplishment.
8. Read the newspaper aloud
Start reading parts of newspaper articles aloud and encourage your child to do the same. Some newspapers even have children's sections. This is a great way to engage your child in conversation and promote his interest in what is going on in the world. Suggest to your child that he read aloud to a sibling or young friend, or volunteer together to read to an elderly person.
9. Get a magazine subscription for your child
There are numerous magazines that are targeted to young kids and preteens. Kids can often identify with the voice and subject matter, and the articles will hold their attention. Even if it's not Swiss Family Robinson, the benefits of continued reading might make up for the lack of weightier content.
10. Be a reading role model
Let them see you read. Read anywhere — the airport, bus stop, doctor's office, swimming pool, etc. If they see you reading for enjoyment, they will want to read, too.