This year, energize your summer with a family reading project!
Choose a theme your whole family finds interesting. Brainstorm about things family members want to know more about. Just have a free-for-all discussion after dinner some night. Have someone record the suggestions (either on paper or with a voice recorder).
After you've chosen a topic, do some research to find material in the library, in bookstores, and online.
- Go to the Reference Desk at the public library. Librarians truly love to answer questions and help people find information for projects. Give them some business! They can get you started with materials in the library and tell you about other resources.
- Research online with a variety of search words to find articles and sites that relate to your topic.
Make a List
Compile a list of books and sites. Let each person take responsibility for finding and reading one or more items on the list. Try to use a balance between digital and print - maybe two books and two sites for each person. Even a child too young to read can find images to add to the project.
Share What You Learned
Share reading time. Parents can read some of the kids' books with them and share passages of their own books. Remember, each of you becomes the family "expert" on the information covered by your sources.
Make individual notebooks in which each person records interesting facts, images, and ideas from his or her reading. Or make a family notebook in which everyone creates a section. Take your notebooks on the trip so you can add pictures and print material you find as well as notes you make while traveling. This notebook or scrapbook will be a great memento of your trip.
With planning and everyone's effort, you can start a family tradition!