Summer has arrived! Whether you choose a gentler summer homeschool routine through the warmer weather or you’re taking a break from textbooks and curriculum, summer is a great time to enjoy reading for fun. And it can be a good opportunity for them to practice reading daily. This habit can help them strengthen the skills they learned during the year.
According to research by education organization NWEA, third-grade to eighth-grade students can lose 20 to 50% of their math and reading skills to what’s known as “summer learning loss.” Don’t let all your hard work during the rest of your year go to waste!
Instead, use this 8-page free summer reading rewards printable pack to challenge and encourage your child’s reading habit. **You’ll find a link to grab a copy down at the bottom of this post.**
Keep Summer Reading Gentle and Fun
If your family is anything like ours, we lighten up in the summer, although we do homeschool year round. We might work on a fun summer activity pack, go foraging, or spend a lot of time outdoors – or in hammocks on our back deck reading in the afternoons.
Let your child make their own summer reading choices. As a homeschooling mom, I sometimes find it hard to bite my tongue over what I consider the “less-than-educational” reading choices of some of my kids, but in the summertime I let it go.
This may be the time to let your child read that graphic novel series they’ve been raving about. As long as it doesn’t contradict your family’s values or religious convictions, let your child choose.
Steer Your Child Towards Books on Their Favorite Topics
Does your child love Minecraft, basketball, video-game coding, or superheroes? These things might not be your cup of tea, but if they make your child’s eyes light up, help your child find books or magazines about whatever interests them at your local bookstore, library, thrift store, or online.
Track Your Child’s Progress With This Free Summer Reading Rewards Printable Pack
When you and your child track their progress, they can see how they’re doing when it comes to starting a daily reading habit. However, don’t get bogged down with trying to create complicated tracking sheets and rewards systems. Even homeschool moms need a bit of a break in the summer!
Instead, keep it simple and light-hearted with this 8-page free summer reading rewards printable pack. It includes:
- 6 colorful Summer Reading Challenge bookmarks for your children to track the number of books they’ve read (2 pages, 3 bookmarks on each page)
- 2 bright Weekly Reading Logs – a simple version for younger children and more detailed log for older kids
- 4 fun Summer Reading Rewards Printable Goal Charts – pick the ones your kids like best based on pages or minutes read each day
Just download and print off as many copies as you need. You may want to laminate the bookmarks and reading logs so you can reuse them each week.
Sarita Harbour is a busy mom/step-mom, and grandmother blessed with seven kids ranging from age 32 down to seven. She lives off the grid with her family in a lakefront chalet in the beautiful wilderness of Canada’s far north. She spends her days teaching, writing, and learning the ropes of homesteading off the grid. Visit her site, Off Grid Life, for free printables and resources on homesteading, homeschooling, and self-reliance for the whole family.