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School-Break Calendar


Here are some ways to keep books open even though the school doors are closed. The long summer break leaves more time than ever to read or participate in reading-related activities.
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MATERIALS: Calendar, pen, list of reading activities (see suggestions)

You can set up a whole calendar of events to make sure your kids experience a little reading fun each day throughout the summer vacation. Here is a month's worth of ideas to fill in a school-break calendar. Choose the ones your children will enjoy, repeat some, and add your own ideas to the list: Make up a recipe for a refreshing summer drink. Write out a recipe card. Go to the library and sign up for the summer reading club. Write an alphabetized list of the furniture in your bedroom. Search for something tiny enough to fit in your pocket and make up a story about it. Look out your window and write down the names of everything you see. Read a book to your younger sister. Press some flowers between the pages of your book for somebody else to find. Trade books with your best friend. Write a letter to your grandmother about what you did this week. Make a crayon rubbing of an object you find outside. Make a map of your yard. Label the patio, trees, swing set, and so on. Tonight there is a full moon. Sit outside and tell a scary story. Cut out words from the newspaper. Send someone a mysterious message. Make a scrapbook of our vacation. Write captions under all the photos and picture postcards. Trace an illustration in one of your brother's favorite books. Give him the picture to color. Find an unusual fact in today's newspaper and share it with us at dinner. Make up a new fruit. Describe its flavor, texture, and appearance. Start a reading marathon. See if you can read all the books written by your favorite author, by the end of the summer. How many out-of-state license plates did you see today? Read the most exciting paragraph in your book to the rest of the family. Try to persuade someone else to read it. Write the four food groups at the top of a piece of paper. Look in the refrigerator. List all of the foods you find under the correct heading. Write the number words from one to twenty. Find a long word on the cereal box. Can you find smaller words inside the big word? What is the tiniest sound you can think of? Write a poem about it. Write all the words you can think of that sound like the noise they describe: crash, squeak, gurgle, etc. Look up the word onomatopoeia in the dictionary. School begins soon. Make a list of the supplies you need, then let's go shopping.

School-Break Calendar