No more teachers! No more books!
I task my children with reading the instructions for a new toy they get, a recipe we are making together or signage while we're out running errands. Reading doesn't have to be "by the book"...there are SO many opportunities for reading without making it seem like a chore or a must-do. Like basilandcatnip, we also joined our library's Summer Reading program. It offers a great opportunity for reward and motivation, plus there's a huge selection of books ready for us to discover. Last night we spent an hour inside Barnes and Noble. My children loved the self-discovery and the opportunity to find more books by their favorite authors. It was just a time of quiet exploration that had us leaving with exuberance!
The local library always has a Summer Reading Program for the kids. Not only are the kids encouraged to read books but each week the library has activities (puppet shows, yo-yo masters, animal wranglers that bring and teach about animals) that tie in with the program. The library also puts out an assortment of books each week on a special display to encourage trying new subjects they've just learned about. And.... they also can earn prizes. Our library prints out book markers with varying lists, from what others are reading by age group, award winners by age group, librarians suggestions etc.
Do you like fiction in the summer?