Add Reading to Your Summer Fun
Encouraging children to relax with a good book should be part of your summer plans. Children who grow up reading stand out. They focus better, have larger vocabularies, stress less, and think through things better. The process of reading allows the reader to pause to comprehend and reflect unlike movies that keep going. Your local Christian bookstore is ready to help you connect your children with books.
Children who participate in the summer reading program will receive weekly handouts written by real authors and can participate in some reading games. Marsha Hubler created coloring pages and puzzles related to her Keystone Stable series. Sherry Kyle, author of inspirational craft books for girls, designed special craft projects. Katrina Cassel’s color personality quiz and trivia should get children thinking. Little ones will enjoy devotions and games from Crystal Bowman, Diane Stortz, and Karen Whiting.
Jeanette Hanscome offers a devotional experience of discovering more about blindness and the amazing dog who helped a blind man escape from the world trade center. Adding to the summer fun is a great handout from Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of movie guide, on flicks to watch and discuss as a family. Many are on DVD, so you can pick them up as you shop.
Make reading fun. Snap photos of family members reading. Post them on your social network sites and drop off copies at your local Christian bookstore. Consider a family project of gifting a needy child with a book. Chat about what everyone’s reading at meals. Read a book as a family before bedtime. Conversing about books helps build family bonds.
Karen Whiting (www.karenwhiting.com) is the author of seventeen books for families, women, and children. Her inspirational craft books (God’s Girls, My Mini Dream Room) combine art with faith. Her book, The One Year My Princess Devotions, a finalist in the Christian Retailer Best Awards, includes a daily princess-in-action step to apply God’s word. Email Karen for additional activities to go with her books at firstname.lastname@example.org .