Summer Reading Plans
Do you have summer reading plans? Like most things in life, it’s important to make a plan in order to meet your goals. In my little corner of the world summer is almost a synonym for reading. Before I had kids, I used to send my books with Andy when he left for work in order to get things done around the house. Now I find myself sneaking in a few pages before the timer dings to take dinner out of the oven.
We find time for things that are most important. This summer, I wanted reading to be at the top of my family’s priority list. Therefore, the kids and I decided to take on a summer reading challenge. It’s not through a library or a website or school..it’s our own thing. This summer the kids and I are taking on 100 Book Summer. We each agreed to read 100 different books before the end of summer. We made a chart, each line equals ten books, and we each have different colors of smiley faces to add to the chart. We started Saturday — the first “official” day of summer. (The kids’ last day was on Wednesday, but mine was Friday — making Saturday the first official day.)
So far there are 43 books on our list. Each one is logged in our family readers’ notebook. It’s also led into many conversations about the books that should count for each person. Stephanie, who loves a challenge, has read more than half of the books logged. However, Sam, the youngest has logged 7 books, and 3 of them are chapter books. None of Steph’s are chapter books. It’s started a little bit of conversation. It’s made them think about their reading lives.
They’ve also made more specific reading plans than I’ve seen in the past. They all read fist thing in the morning. They find each other after lunch and read together. They pass books to each other. They beg me to read aloud from our chapter book. In fact, they’ve made a TBR pile of chapter books for us to read as a family.
How about you? What kind of reading challenge have you designed? A challenge is a great way to spice up your reading life.