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Summer Ideas to Spark Your Child’s Interest (#15)

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summer-web-grfx_2013The Big Summer Read booklists from Reading Rockets will help you and your child choose books that are at just the right reading level or interest area.

Better yet, download their two page handout version of the list! Have the list in-hand while visiting your local library.

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Summer Ideas to Spark Your Child’s Interest (#14)

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Trying to get your kids to unplug on long car rides? Try this!

Audio books pull the whole family together. Listen to your favorite series (The Harry Potter series is FANTASTIC) and, after you’ve just pulled into the driveway after 10 hours in the car, watch your kids stay put to hear the last few pages! (This is especially wonderful for kids with learning challenges.)

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Summer Ideas to Spark Your Child’s Interest (#13)

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FREE IS GOOOOOD!

Visit your local Pizza Hut, Barnes and Noble (think FREE BOOKS!), or town library for reading contests your kids can enter. They can earn lots of fun and free stuff! Try the Scholastic Summer Challenge to get your kids to read, log their minutes, and chart their goals and victories.

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Summer Ideas to Spark Your Child’s Interest (#8)

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What To Do When You’re in the Car?

Look for cows! Or birds, chipmunks or squirrels!  One person takes the right side of the road, and the other takes the left. Kids need to keep track of how many animals they see–one point for each. Add a twist—you lose all your points if you see a dog or a cat!

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Summer Ideas to Spark Your Child’s Interest (#12)

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Cool Website (Think…Cool Dad!)

Visit “Dad Can Do” to find craft ideas for dads and kids to do together. Using inexpensive, free, or recycled materials, make origami figures, swords, or paper planes, to name a few. Have a blast! URL http://www.dadcando.com/default.asp