Lazy Summer Reading Ideas

Sometimes we all need a little help to get moving with summer learning. Here are some great (mostly free) ideas I've come across recently. 

One of the favorite things I've found so far comes from Plenty of Picnics. They're called Summer Brain Time punch cards. I love them because I can say to my son, "Let's do some brain time!" and our reward for that is a punch on our Summer Brain Time card. I say "our" because I need a little motivation to focus on learning, too! Then when we fill out a card, we get to have a treat together like popcorn and a movie or ice cream. Here's the link to print out your very own Summer Brain Time cards! 

Summer Online Resources:
Summer Reading Resources for Kids 2012 from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas is an amazing compilation of summer reading programs!!
A Mom with a Lesson Plan: idea for collecting book reports and rewarding with money towards Scholastic book orders in the fall!
Help for Struggling Readers :great compilation of ideas
The Measured Mom: Can You Read 100 Books This Summer? Do-It-Yourself Summer Reading and printouts
3 Dinosaurs Summer Printable Round Up: Lots of great ideas!
Growing Book by Book Table talk cards - topics to talk about at the dinner table or on a road trip!

Games for Summer:
* Lots more on my Pinterest boards!
Good for all levels:
PirateAttack ( Students discover pirates and treasure by identifying sounds/letters, reading sight words, or defining vocabulary words 
PlayingWith Plates:  Write sight words, word families, vocab words, or letters on small paper plates. Put them on the ceiling or floor and search for them in the dark with a flashlight. Fling them like Frisbees. Throw balls or balloons in them and read the words they land on. Sort the word family plates into words that rhyme (-at family = cat, bat, sat, mat, that).
MuffinTin Games: From one of my new favorite sites, Growing Book by Book. They are similar to the plate games but using a muffin tin and post-its or paper muffin cups. Use pennies or hard candy to toss into the cups or play a tic-tac-toe type game. 
Treasure Hunt: Hide short phrases around the house so kids can read and follow the clues. You can purchase the game Ukloo to do the same thing.

Memory or matching games with Letters/Pictures/Rhymes and have lots of resources for letters, rhyming, and sight words - print out the free samples!

Beginning Readers:
Word Family Mats from The Measured Mom
Zingo Sight Words bingo game:
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Great Sites for Free Printable Games and Word Lists:
·        Mrs. Perkin’s Dolch Words:  Lists of all levels of sight words plus much more!
·  Vocabulary word lists, SAT vocab lists, rapping program
·        Teachers Pay Teachers: just search for free items and the grade level you want – don’t be afraid to sign up, it’s easy and free
·        Primary Inspiration
·        Reading Resources
·        The Measured Mom: - sight word easy readers, word family mats, all sorts of good stuff
·        1 Plus 1Plus 1 Equals 1:  Lots of printables, especially for packets with popular themes from toddler to kindergarten level
·        Reading Tutors and Reading A-Z: Many free samples for learning letters and sight words
·        Reading Rockets printable family packets and parent articles

Books to Inspire You:
Games for Reading by Peggy Kaye
Games for Reading
Book Love by Melissa Taylor
I Can Teach My Child to Read by Jenae Jacobson
The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
The Read-Aloud Handbook: Seventh Edition
Reading Magic by Mem Fox
Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever

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