Motivate Kids with a Summer Reading Program

Summer joy, hammock - girl with a book resting on a hammock in the garden

Want to keep your kids reading over the summer? How about joining a summer reading program! Plan for a summer reading program (or two) because it helps motivate kids with reading incentives and provides accountability. Here are all your options: 1. Your Public Library Make this your first stop for summer reading. Most public libraries will be kicking their summer … [Read more...]

Get Your Kids Thinking with Riddles

super fun riddle game for kids

UKloo Riddle Treasure Hunt gets kids reading, thinking, and problem solving. And it's totally fun! Don't you want to make reading and thinking fun for your kids? Especially over the long summer vacation? I know. Me, too. Which is why I'm telling you about uKloo Riddle Edition as part of my Summer Discovery Learning Series. All summer I'll be giving you ideas to make … [Read more...]

How Many Books Should Kids Read Over the Summer?

How Many Books Should Kids Read Over the Summer

Summer Slide is a real thing. If kids don't practice, regression and loss happens. (Just like working out!) And get this --  46% of tweens are reading less than 4 books over summer vacation! That's not very much. Especially when reading skills get lost without practice. What number would be better? What if your kids had lots of opportunities to read? What if they … [Read more...]

NEW Science Activity Book for Summer Learning

Dr. Mollie Cule Reboots the Robot Science for Summer

We found a fun science experiment book that is perfect for learning over summer vacation. ('Cause we don't want to see any summer slide around here.) It's Dr. Mollie Cule Reboots the Robot, Awesome Science Activities You Can Do at Home by Kendra Muntz, illustrated by Matt Carrington. Get it?-- "molecule"! Cute, right? And it is cute with cartoon-like illustrations and … [Read more...]

3 Fun Summer Writing Activities with Bubbles

Adorable little girl with soap bubbles

Want to sneak in writing this summer? I've got it 3 ideas that are going to be fun for you and your kids! You'll need: a bottle of bubbles, ingredients to make your own bubbles, paper and markers. 1. Use Your Five Senses Now you want to get the bubbles blowing and the writing bubbling . . . As your kids blow bubbles, start the writing process of brainstorming. … [Read more...]

Wordless Picture Books Make for an Amazing Writing Prompt

Use Wordless Picture Books to Write Poetry

by Terri Thompson of Creative Family Fun Have you ever read a wordless picture book? They are so wonderful for many reasons: 1) Pre-readers can read a wordless picture book independently and 2) both readers and pre-readers can practice their storytelling skills. And, as we found out, they provide a great springboard for writing poetry. My 1st-grader and I grabbed a … [Read more...]

Watch For These New Picture Books

new picture books to watch for

   Ooh, there's so many new picture books to tell you about! If your kids are under 4, The Ultimate Book of Vehicles and What's In Your Purse are my favorite recommendations. If your kids are 4 - 8, there are many books with good lessons to learn,  and for those 8 and up, The Interacive Art Book and The Wreck of the Zephr will prompt lots of thinking!   What's in Your … [Read more...]