School is out for summer, but that doesn’t mean that the learning will stop in the Channel house.
The highlight of kindergarten for Devin was how he picked up reading. It seemed like one day he was memorizing his sight words, and next thing you know, he was sounding out words and stringing together sentences.
Now that summer is here, the plan is to build on the reading skills that he’s developing.
We let Devin pick out books that he is interested in and lately he’s expressed an interest in traveling. He says that wants to travel to everywhere from Paris, to California and even outer space.
Since we’re not going to Paris this summer, I figured that we’d focus on reading books about all of the places that he wants to visit and then some.
Here are a few of the books I will begin with:
National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas
The National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Atlas includes easy-to-read, simple road maps of each state and Washington, D.C., and a map of the United States. State symbols, cool things to do, boredom busters, fun facts, wacky roadside attractions, and games accompany the maps and provide engaging information with stunning photographs that will keep kids engaged for hours.
Who doesn’t love a road trip?… and since we will take a few of our trips by car I thought I would start with the above NG Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Atlas, where Devin can learn about the places we are visiting as well as see what route we are taking, since he always likes to make sure we are going the right way.
Not For Parents Paris: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (Lonely Planet Not for Parents) by Lonely Parent
Devin has been telling me for the last longest is that he wants to visit Paris, so I figured we’d read all about it, and
find out what interests him the most. We’ve already started learning about the landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, and he wants to learn how to speak French. I think that this book will be a great introduction to all things France.
Devin thinks that anything that happened to my husband and I happened in the olden days, so I can only imagine what he thinks about anything that happened before we were born. The first flight of Apollo 11 happened in 1969, and the book, “Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11,” looks like great book to explore Devin’s interest in space travel.
It’s a story of discovery and adventure, and I think that Devin will love it.
We have a daily routine, or nightly routine of reading right before Devin goes to sleep. Most nights Devin reads to me nowadays. As a matter of fact, he reads everything such as street signs, my text messages, and everything else he lays his eyes on.
Here are some other books that we’re going to add to our summer reading list.
Walk this World by Jenny Broom
Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins
This is San Francisco by Miroslav Sasek
Not For Parents London: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know by Lonely Planet
This Is New York by Miroslav Sasek
101 Places You Gotta See Before You’re 12! by Joanne O’Sullivan
Mission Washington, D.C.: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure by Catherine Aragon
All About China: Stories, Songs, Crafts and More for Kids by Allison Branscombe
Regardless of what you do with your child this summer, try to incorporate reading into your activities.
I’ve seen how reading to Devin has helped his vocabulary grow and become a better reader and I know what we do this summer is really going to pay off when he starts the first grade in a few months.
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