Help your motivate your kids to read during the summer with this easy reading coloring sheet.
Schools out and everything else but even though it’s summertime it doesn’t mean that reading has to stop and pick back up during the school year. It’s said that the more you read the more you know. Reading is a great way to learn about various topics, develop language fluency, and improve one’s overall knowledge.
Albeit, we know that not all kids are inclined to picking up a reading book without prompting. Some may need your help to get them going. Motivate them in simple ways, it does not have to be complicated. I think easy coloring activity sheets, a fun reward or something they can look forward to are some easy ways you can help them.
Our kids are not all in school and the only one in school is homeschooled. But we’ve always done summer reading through the library and that could get a little demanding with what the program requires. They may ask for things such as read for 30 minutes, answer a question about a cow or an animal (I added the cow myself), read a poem, etc. While sometimes I typically read for all the kids together, I still found it more demanding in having to keep up with the various reading requirements. Plus when it said “30 minutes of reading” I found it daunting having to keep reading book after book until we hit the 30 minute mark or keep monitoring our then kindgerterner’s reading until it hit the 30 minute mark. All for the sake of a reward. I think it’s OK if they read 2-3 age level books even if it is for 10-15 minutes reading time (as long as the books get read, I’m OK with that). I decided to do something with less requirements this time – makeup my own easy idea.
Grab these free Summer Reading Coloring Log for Kids printables and use them as an incentive. These were created for smaller kids, pre-school, kindergarten, and first grade age range. You may note the easy instructions, no set amount of time for these coloring sheets. The only requirement is to color a picture for each book read. Of course, they can read how ever many more books they want to but all they need to do for the sheets is the amount noted. When the sheets are filled out fully, they’ll get rewards. This may include treasure box picks, a new book of choice, or maybe a special outing such as ice-cream treat or so – I have not decided).Treasure box reward may be divided up into different rewards – the more books the bigger the reward. I’ll try to make it so we get through half – they can still have rewards.
Note: Not all the kids are able to read words on their own so us parents will have to do some reading to them too but it’s also OK if smaller non-word-readers just look at photos or read from memorization of simple books. They are all forms of reading. Download all of them here: Summer Reading Coloring Log for Kids
Preschool/Toddler – 5 books
Kindergarten – 10 Books
First Grade – 20 Books
The kids already have a first set of books they chose from the library. I got to admit that we were at the library while I watch the kids play a the various kid centers and I didn’t want to borrow any books (I tend to slack on returning them). Secretly hoping the kids wouldn’t ask either. I figured they could read what we already have at home. But the kids spotted some they wanted to take home and I thought “why not?”
They’ve been reading them ever since we brought them home about 2 weeks ago. This little one will frequently grab a book or two and either “read” them to himself or bring them to me or one of his sisters to read them. Here is a candid, un-staged, unprompted moment of him reading. Those library books are coming in handy after all!!