Set up a family room camp site
I just love this clever idea I ran across in Family Fun's book My Great Idea, a collection of their best ideas from readers. One mom came up with a novel way to get her kids reading over the summer by setting up a Reading Tent. She set up a small tent in the family room and furnished it with bean bag chairs, oversized pillows and quilts and flashlights.
When the kids were ready to read she also threw in the added incentive of a bowl of popcorn or some other favorite snack. "The only rule of the Reading Tent is once you enter, no talking allowed ... the tent has been a success, the kids' reading charts for summer are now full."
As for "real" camping, in hot humid Florida this is a great alternative to fighting the mosquitoes and humidity. Instead of a reading tent, you could offer up a famly room camp site as a reward for reading a certain number of books or for a certain number of minutes.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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