WFMW: Summer Reading for Screen Time

Wednesday June 27, 2012

This was one of my best tips last summer (IMO), and I am breaking it out again this year.

My kids are finally out of school and two of my summer objectives are to a) limit screen time and b) increase reading time.

The simplest way to do this is to create a reading chart in which minutes read earns time in front of a screen (TV, iPad, Wii, etc.)

I threw together a super simple spreadsheet (you could easily just do this on plain paper) to help the kids keep track of time earned and time spent.

A bonus of this method of tracking reading and watching is that my rising second grader is getting lots of addition and subtraction practice.

If either of my older kids choose to read to their four year old brother, they get to record time and half in their reading log.  Yay for more math!

Summer Reading Programs are another great way to get kids motivated to read.  In our area, there are quite a few program available.  Rather than recreate the wheel, here’s a link to a great compilation:

Our Kids Summer Reading Program Round-Up

Find more tips at Works For Me Wednesday, hosted by We Are That Family.


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