I want to motivate my kids this summer...

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Registered: 03-22-2007
I want to motivate my kids this summer...
Fri, 06-14-2013 - 3:31pm

but I'm not sure just how yet!  I wanted to challenge them to try something new, but have yet to come up with any ideas.  I think we need to sit down next week once they are out of school and draft up a game plan.   I do have an idea for one of the twins, he joined the gardening club at school so he needs to show up once a week to help work on it.  We are also going to volunteer to water it for one or two weeks.  For Sean, I'm at a loss.  I do want to work on his reading, maybe we'll have to check out what summer program the library will be doing.  Hmm..

Any ideas for me?


iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Sat, 06-15-2013 - 1:17pm

Your library might have a summer program where kids list the number of books that they read, which might be fun.  Our library also has free passes for museums and things that families could do.  I think in the summer you might want to find things that are educational but don't seem like chores, like visiting historical sights, a children's museum or even big art museums sometimes have programs for children where they color or look for specific artwork and such.  Or how about taking a fun class in art, dance or music.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-20-2012
Fri, 06-21-2013 - 1:43pm

Definitely check out the library! We live in a super small town but even our tiny library is holding a summer reading program for the kids.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-12-2003
Sun, 06-23-2013 - 8:10am

We have summer reading requirments through the school plus the library holds a summer reading program (but not working parent friendly since they don't have evening or weekend hours in the summer)

Is there something he is interest in. If his brother is doing gardening club seems reading might seem too schoolish. Maybe something new he could try to learn this summer and if something you do on your own (ie look up on the internet how to do x) then you can kind of sneak in extra reading reading. My neice needs to work on her reading and she had started to learn crochette and I wanted to learn too so was thinking we could get a book and try to teach ourselves and she would be reading without it being the traditional reading.

My son I have a HARD time getting to read and I have tried everything even a reading challenge between me and him last summer but that didn't work. School basically tells us WHATEVER we can get him to read, so we get sport gane programs, magazines, anything other then an actual book to read. Its still a struggle. He likes playing chess with his grandfather but he just knows basics so I thought about a chess for dummies and a chess set this summer..