Summer reading is such an important thing to do. Kids can fall behind in reading in just those short busy months.
Each summer we have done our library's summer reading program. We go to the Summer Kick Off. Get the bookmarks, have the kids keep track of their reading, go pick out the prizes each week. But it seems like we still don't get the reading in that we need.
This summer I finally found something that is working (for the time being). We have a set time (11:00am) for what is called "Drop Everything And Read". D.E.A.R.
I have found that it can't be a thing I tell the kids to go do. I have to be sitting with them and either listen to them, or read to them. (Duh! I know! I am just wishing I could give assignments and then go do my own chore/project.) After I finally succumbed to this fact, it has been fun. I have been able to find some books I either haven't read, or great favorites.
We do still read every night before bed. That will never stop, I'm sure. Master A, and Grateful Graduate J, who are 15 and 18, are the only ones who don't get read to. And that stopped when A was 13, and J when she was 14. Sir Spoil-Her-Highness reads downstairs (currently Lord of the Rings), and I read upstairs (American Girl books).