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Summer Reading

Summer Reading Ideas – Talk to your child’s teacher, the local librarian and/or the children’s expert at the local bookstore to find appropriate books for your child’s age and reading ability.  After getting a list, have your child take ownership of his or her reading by helping to pick out some of the books.  Make a plan and chart of the books to be read and the pages to be read each day.  Keep daily track and be complimentary about progress! 

Book swaps in your neighborhood, with your child’s sports team and/or class at school, is a great way not only to get new books, but to have your child share and be excited about books he or she has read with friends and to have friends share with your child. 

Leave time for books on new interests that might develop over the summer, from an exhibit seen while visiting a museum, or the zoo or aquarium, from a day trip or vacation, from an historical site, etc. Get a book about flowers or plants and then plant the flower or seeds to watch them grow…. If your child is excited about such a new subject, act on it sooner rather than later.  Reading is more fun when there is a particular interest in the subject, and reading begets more reading…. 

You might even find out what subjects will be covered in school next year and whether any fun books might provide some background or a head start on the year.  Remember, your child is looking forward to having fun in the summer and little pressure; make sure that reading is one of the fun things he or she does! 

Remember, not all the books have to be of a high caliber.  Magazines and even some comic books could be mixed in with the book list.  Read to your child, out of books, magazines, the newspaper….Read aloud to your child part of the book that he or she is reading….Reading is reading and getting a child interested in a lifetime of reading should be the goal.   

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About the Author: Yvonne Wonder

As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do. Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be! An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.

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