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Instill a Love of Reading this Summer

Instill a Love of Reading This Summer

                If you are at that point in your short North Dakota summer where you look at your family and your calendar and wonder if you are having fun yet, now may be the time to shake things up and show them (and yourself) you still know how to plan some excitement and learn something new at the same time. Kim Bushaw, NDSU family science specialist, reminds us to instill a love of reading this summer.

Here are six simple steps from the North Dakota State University Extension Service to combine the two:

  • Step one - Search on Google for all of the sites you would like to explore in a so-many-mile radius of your current location. Together, read everything you can about these places and decide on one that appeals to everyone, is affordable, and is good for the body and the brain. It may be as simple as a picnic in your local park. Find out who or what the park is named for and why. Read about its origin. Or you may be ready for a real road trip. Either way, focus on instilling a love of reading in your children this trip.
  • Step two - As a family, write lists using words or pictures, depending on the age of your children. Young children can start to read picture lists. For instance, if you will be gone for the day, what will you need to pack? Are you going to bring a snack? Draw the food you will bring. If you plan to stay overnight, draw two shirts, pants, jacket, pj’s, etc. Add words to each drawing to encourage your children to begin seeing that letters form words that describe pictures. Read the picture list together as you pack the bag.
  • Step three - Put away all digital devices and bring along the old-fashioned car games, especially the kind that encourage reading or identifying signs and symbols. Take turns reading billboards, snack wrappers and jokes from a clean joke or riddle book. Pack a book you have been meaning to read.
  • Step four - Enjoy the adventure. Be sure to bring books, maps and other reading materials that relate to your trip in addition to whatever your kids enjoy reading in the car. Remember to have conversations about what they are reading and what you like to read. Compare your family adventure to a story or book. Stop and read historic markers along the way as your stretch or take snack breaks.
  • Step five - End your adventure by sharing a book your whole family will enjoy. If you do not have such a book, write one together using your adventure as its basis. Ask each person to share one thing he or she learned or enjoyed. Add it to the book along with photos or illustrations. Your family quests become much richer when you take the time to read about the sites, share what you enjoy and spend time reviewing what you have learned in a new way.
  • Step six - Feel good about your vacation from digital devices and about your family’s shared time with reading and relaxing. You have helped instill a love of reading in your children. Consider that the best souvenir you can hope to bring home all summer.

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Source, 701-231-7450, kim.bushaw@ndsu.edu

 

 

 

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If you are at that point in your short North Dakota summer where you look at your family and your calendar and wonder if you are having fun yet, now may be the time to shake things up and show them (and yourself) you still know how to plan some excitement and learn something new at the same time!

  • Step one - Search on Google for all of the sites you would like to explore in a so-many-mile radius of your current location. Together, read everything you can about these places and decide on one that appeals to everyone, is affordable, and is good for the body and the brain.
  • Step two - As a family, write lists of what to pack using words or pictures, depending on the age of your children.
  • Step three - Put away all digital devices and bring along the old-fashioned car games.
  • Step four - Enjoy the adventure. Be sure to bring books, maps and other reading materials that relate to your trip in addition to whatever your kids enjoy reading in the car.
  • Step five - End your adventure by sharing a book your whole family will enjoy. If you do not have such a book, write one together using your adventure as its basis.
  • Step six - Feel good about your vacation from digital devices and about your family’s shared time with reading and relaxing.

You have helped instill a love of reading in your children. Consider that the best souvenir you can hope to bring home all summer.

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