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5 Tips for Summer Reading with Kids

Many parents have trouble getting their kids to read in the summer because the draw of sunshine and adventure are much more interesting than staying inside to read. If you are one of those parents, here are some easy tips to get your kids reading in the summer. 

Tip One: Vocabulary games are great for early readers! Playing guessing games or other card games that use vocabulary are a great way to jump start your child's learning. Crossroads eStore provides a fun game of Go-Fish that has encouraging Bible messages on the cards to help children read while teaching them the encouragement of Christianity.

Tip Two: Start a book club! Many children are encouraged to read when they can read alongside their friends, and the best way to provide this is to start a neighborhood book club. This inspires your child to read while also helping them to make new friends! Crossroads eStore provides some fantastic material for your children. One incredible book is titled, "What is Faith?" This is an excellent choice for early readers to understand a core value of Christianity while learning about the Bible at the same time.

Tip Three: Set goals and give rewards! Children love working towards a reward like fun stickers! For example, if a child reads five pages a day, they get a sticker to decorate with. Our eStore has many kinds of stickers to choose from, like our Everyday Encouragement Stickers that will help your kids stay motivated to read during the summer. Or try our Fruit of the Spirit stickers, which are fun and colourful helpers to memorize the Fruits of the Spirit. If stickers don't motivate your child, look for our Velvet Art Colouring pages. These three posters have a way for your child to express their creativity while teaching them wonderful Bible verses.

Tip Four: Take your kids outside! Some parents have trouble pulling their children away from the computer or TV during the summer, and a great way to get your children to spend time outdoors and read at the same time is to bring a book. Experts say that if you smuggle a book in your bag to the beach or even on a walk it's easier to find a quiet time after the child has become tired from playing. One popular book on Crossroads eStore is our ESV Holy Bible for kids. This book is specially crafted to appeal to kids, especially if your child is a visual learner. Colourful images and maps will help bring the Bible to life for your children and keep their imaginations alive!

Tip Five: Read with your kids. One of the best ways to teach your children is to lead by example, and the best way to encourage your children to read is to read yourself. If your child is a little too young for independent reading, we recommend our fantastic Favourite Bible Stories from the Old Testament. Your kids will love to have grown up with this book as their early start to the Bible!

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