The school year is finally coming to an end.  Summer is all about splashing in the pool, running in the yard, playing at the park and relaxing with friends.  Summer is also a great time to catch up on some reading skills. Trying to get kids to read over the summer months is not an easy task.  On today’s post I am going to share with you 3 easy and fun ways to get kids reading over the summer months.

Family Vacations

Going on a family vacation is a great way to get kids reading.  You can start out by having your children read books on the topic way before the trip even begins.  So for example if you decide you want to go to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, you can start out with a trip to the library and get a big stack of books that relate to North Carolina.  Try to visit places found in the books. If you go on a local camping trip, you could research and read about the wildlife or scenery. Reading and researching about the history, culture and fun places to visit ahead of time, will make your child show so much more interest during the family vacation.  

Pack books to read on the airplane or in the car as you travel to your destination.  You can also download audiobooks from your local library for free and have your children listen to stories.  It makes the travel time go by a lot quicker as well as sneaks in some summer reading time.

Summer Reading Programs

If you check out your local library, chances are they will have a kid’s summer reading program.  This is usually a great way to encourage kids to read. The kids often have to read a certain amount of books and get prizes and awards for reading them.  You can always make the reward better by throwing in your own incentive for your kids to meet a summer reading goal as well. These programs usually last around 4 weeks, so that gives your kids a lot of reading practice.

Movie Nights

Plan several Family Movie Nights throughout the summer and make sure that your children always read the book first.  If the books are too hard for your children to read, you can always download them on an audiobook from the library, or read the book aloud to your child.  Family Movie Night is so much fun. Make a big deal about it. Include junk food with soda, candy and other treats that you usually never ever give your kids.  Believe me they will look forward to these fun nights and read those books ahead of time.

A few examples of books that became movies are:

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Night at the Museum
  • Jumanji
  • The Harry Potter Series
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Matilda

The PRIDE Reading Program

If you are searching for an Orton-Gillingham reading curriculum that you can use over the long summer months then please check out my PRIDE Reading Program.  It is heavily scripted out and so easy to use. Homeschooling parents, teachers, tutors and speech therapists use it with great success. Check it out HERE!  

Thank you for reading my post today!


Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at info@pridereadingprogram.com or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com

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