Reading on Spring Break? You’ve got to be kidding! I’m sure that is the last thing that kids want to do on their break, but below is a list of things that have kids reading without them even knowing that parents have slipped in a little academics.
Have your children make a list of things they would like to do during the week. Depending on the age, this can be done through a drawing, dictating to an older sibling, or in writing. Together, read the list and discuss what can or cannot be done and why. Not only does this encourage reading, writing, and communication skills, it also encourages supporting statements, realistic expectations, and problem solving.
A couple of fun activities that can be done either inside or outside are scavenger hunts and I Spy. A scavenger hunt begins with a list of things to find, then the parent can write or dictate riddles, sentences, words for the student to write or draw. The parent can also do this in advance and give the child the paper of riddles, sentences, words, or drawing to find. The child is required to read the “clues” and either write where they found the item or just check mark the found object on the list. The game “I Spy” works about the same, except the child is given a word or drawing to find.
A treasure dig is a fun way to hide objects, letters, and words in a box of sand, dirt, rice, or beans and provide the child with a paint brush, popsicle stick or anything to help carefully dig to find the treasure. The child can either bring the treasure to you to discuss what they found. Encourage your child to elaborate on the objects by asking questions about their treasure.
A chore chart not only encourages children to read, it also helps teach responsibility and self-reliance. Once your child completes their chores, discuss or have them write about their feelings about having chores, how it helps others in the home, how a difficult chore could be more easily completed, and a variety of other topics.
Activities together are ways to encourage reading with your child. Children can read directions or restate directions to a board game. A craft activity can be an excellent way for children to read and follow directions to complete an activity. Cooking together allows children to read and follow a recipe, as well as strengthening measurement skills. My very favorite together activity is reading bedtime stories either to your child or them to you.
This is just a starting point and there are so many others that can be found at your local library, on the internet, or message me before Spring Break. It won’t be long before you hear the words, “I’m bored” and you’ll want to have tools ready to go. Have a wonderful and stress-free Spring Break!