Summer is a great time to let children be children and take a break from school work. It shouldn't, however, mean a complete break from reading. Teachers report, and studies show, that children who read over the summer can actually improve their reading skills and avoid playing "catch up" when school resumes.
This doesn't mean trying to create a school setting at home or forcing children to do homework every day. It can be fun if it is approached as an enjoyable family activity. Helping a child choose fun reading material, including magazines, will encourage children to see reading as a life-long recreational activity.
Public libraries often have summer reading programs for children. These are great motivators and librarians are always thrilled to have children participate in their programs. These often include both library events and ways for children to track their reading and earn some rewards at the end of the summer.
Reading to and with your child(ren) is as important as having them read on their own. Make this an interactive experience by involving your child(ren) in the book: Ask questions such as, "What do you think will happen next?" or "I didn't expect that. Did you?" or "Do you think he/she made the right choice? Why do you say that?"
Below are some links to web sites with ideas on summer reading tips for parents and families. If you have any of which you are fond, please share them.
Summer Reading Tips: education.com
Reading Tips for Parents: Reading Rocket
Tips for Parents - Summer Reading: The Learning Community
Summer Reading for Children: Tips for Parents: ALA
Summer Reading Adventures: Reading is Fundamental