For many homeschool families, the school year is about to wrap up. Homeschool moms will soon turn their attention from co-ops, conventions, and unit studies to low key schedules, outdoor activities, and summer bucket lists. Likewise children are often ready to break from their schooling routine and enjoy the free flowing days of summer.
Even in the midst of summer relaxation, homeschool moms still want their children to be engaged in learning. Having children read books found on a summer reading list is a great way to keep children’s minds stimulated. You can find reading lists in a variety of places, but I prefer to use the list of interesting and appropriate reading selections found here.
Once a book is read, you can sit down and talk about the book with your child. But to encourage children to think more deeply about what they’ve read and to allow them an opportunity to show creativity, consider a hands on post reading project. Here are five fun summer reading projects your child may enjoy.
- Create a game. Using literary elements such as characters, plot, and setting, create a board game based on the book. Homeschool organizer Donna Young (LOVE her site!) has awesome game templates. You can find her game card templates here and her board game templates here.
- Create a comic strip. Children can select an interesting scene from the book and illustrate it. If you want to challenge your reader, have her create a comic magazine that illustrates the entire book. Donna Young also has a variety of printable comic strip templates. You can find them here.
- Design a colorful book jacket for the book. Have your child write a book summary for the interior flap of the cover. The summary should be clear and concise, attractive and exciting, but not reveal the entire story. Next have your child design and illustrate the rest of the cover. Remind your child to include the book title and author’s name on the jacket’s cover. If you want to do a free form template, check out the book jacket template here or try your hand at a online cover designing tool.
- Design a movie poster based on the book. Carefully choose a few scenes from the book. Illustrate them on a large piece of psoterboard. Have your child include the book title, author, and a personal quote about the book on the movie poster. Review the short list of movie poster’s important elements found here.
- Make a hanging mobile. Use a coat hanger to create mobile that tells about the book. Add information about characters, plot, and setting. Here is a basic how-to on creating a mobile. Take this information and use it to jumpstart your child’s thinking. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating mobiles.
Summer reading is fun, but when a book reading is paired with art, children really enjoy the experience. Grab your book lists, gather up your art supplies and begin your summer book bonanza! Do you have any ideas for summer book activities? If so, let me know by leaving a comment.
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