Jun 7, 201205:00 AMHoneybee Mama
The Great Summer Activity: Reading
Have you signed up for the Summer Reading Program yet? We have!
Tulsa City-County Libraries have a fantastic Summer Reading Program for kids of all ages to encourage literacy and keep up school agers' reading skills during the vacation. The Children's program is for children birth through 5th grade. Those that aren't yet reading independently can count books that you read to them toward their prizes and coupons!
If your kids are 6th grade or older, as our oldest is, check out the Tween and Teen Summer Reading Program. This is as new for me as it is for Carter, so as nervous as I am of being a mom of a middle schooler, I'm really excited to begin exploring the world of activities and resources for older children!
All you have to do to sign up is go to your nearest library branch and go to the children's section. There will be volunteers to help your kids get a book bag and reading log.
Then comes the fun part: picking out your books! My littles are just now both reading independently, and I love that the library has a whole section of the "I Can Read" books so it's easier for me to help them choose books I know are on their level or just a wee bit of a challenge for them.
Then, make sure to sit down with your kids and read WITH them! I so enjoy having my little guys read to me. They really do so well, and only occasionally need help with a word. The great thing is, everything Aidan is reading to us, Alec gets to count on his list! We're going to be winning prizes in no time.
We've got the bigs with us today, so after swim classes this morning, we're heading to the library to get them started on their books.
If you struggle to fill your kids' Summer days with quality activities other than TV and video games like I do, this is such a great way to build in other activities. I love being able to have a designated activity to get them working on every day, and they know it's worthwhile because they're working toward a goal. I think I could come up with some other prizes of my own and continue our own reading program when we finish this one!
See you around town!