Summer is here! It’s time for berry picking, pool days, popsicles, and (drumroll)…summer reading! There is something special about summer reading that we always look forward to. School is out, lazy afternoons are here, and books are abundant.
To help you keep reading motivation strong all summer long, we’ve created a few fun printables for you. Inspired by the classic summertime story, Blueberries for Sal, we’ve designed a wall print, a tracking sheet, and punch cards that your whole family can use to tally the hours you spend reading this summer.
Choose a big prize that the whole family is eager about and write it at the base of the tracking sheet. Remember, big doesn’t have to mean expensive, just special. (We’ll include a few ideas at the bottom of this post.) Whatever you decide on, make it exciting. If there’s a wonderful prize at the end, the kids will be more motivated to reach for books instead of the remote.
Next, decide on your units of measurement. Will you track minutes read, pages read, books read, etc? You might like to divide the words on your tracking sheet into sections that coordinate with your goals. Divide the letters into sections, shade them whole, or draw lines straight across the words and fill them with color all at once like water pouring into a glass.
We hope these printables are helpful to you and your family this summer. It’s our mission to normalize slowing down and connecting with each other, cultivating moments of connection, and encouraging empathy and compassion. Your family reading culture creates space in daily life for these things to happen. (And coincidentally also strengthens academic skills in all areas, improves mental health, and encourages healthier relationships.) Good job, friend! You're setting your kids up for all kinds of success.
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Share what you're reading this summer by using the hashtag #asummerforthebooks. We'll be sharing our recommendations, too, so follow along. Happy summer and happy reading!
Big Family Prize Ideas: a family camping trip, a day trip to the beach, a trip to the new ice cream place you’ve been wanting to try, a pool party, a family sleepover, a “YES” day, a giant board game marathon, a visit to a farm, a family picnic in a favorite place, go to a museum, go berry picking and make treats out of your spoils.
Small Milestone Prize Ideas: stay up past your bedtime, a popsicle, choose what’s for dinner, one-on-one time with a loved one, choose the movie for movie night, a balloon, a new art supply, paint your nails, make s’mores, a little extra screen time, first pick of the pool toys, choose the music for the day.
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