Continuing to read over the summer is essential in developing lifelong reading habits and in maintaining literacy skills. Studies have consistently shown that children who continue to read during the summer months perform better when school resumes.
How to Develop a Reading Habit
1. Mix up your activities: read a book for awhile, play outside for awhile. Repeat. Have snacks handy.
2. Learn while you read—the one does not exclude the other. Look up words you don't know, places or famous people mentioned in the novel. Doing these extra searches will help you dig deeper into the novel, thus learn while you read.
3. Read in small doses—10 minutes on the way to and from activities, 15 minutes before going to sleep, 10 minutes waiting for friends to video chat. That totals 45 minutes—a good-sized Daily Reading Total (DRT). Always have a book with you, either print or on a device.
4. Create or join an online book discussion group using Google Meet or Zoom.
5. Realize your reading speed increases the more you read.
6. Realize that time goes faster when reading for the fun of it. Read about your passions and interests.
7. Keep a list of what you read. This can be done on paper, Google Docs, or by using Goodreads.com
8. Write about what you read—keep a reading journal!
9. Realize reading is calming and relaxing.
10. Talk about your books with friends and family.
Set a goal to read at least 4 to 6 books for the entire summer.