There are many things competing competing for kid’s time these days – sports, school, activities, phones, T.V.s, computers – trying to encourage reading over these other tasks may seem impossible. However, as a mentor, you play a special role. Your mentee looks up to you and looks forward to the time spent together, utilize that to encourage reading. Here are a few tips and activities to make reading the activity your mentee chooses over watching a T.V. show.
- Set an example and tell your mentee about the books you read as a kid for fun and about the books you are currently reading for pleasure. Your mentee looks up to you and replicates the things you say and do – this could be the simplest way to get your mentee to crack open a book at home. Talk about reading with enthusiasm.
- Suggest to your mentee that they get their mom or brother or another family member a book as a gift.
- Get 2 copies of a book and read a small section during the week and discuss when you are together. Alternate between who gets to choose the book.
- Help your mentee write their own book. To make it simple, start with a short story. Add illustrations and be creative in the way you bind the book.
- Have your mentee write a book review for a school newsletter or website or to simply share with their teacher.
|Monster Corner Bookmark (Click for more) Recycle your cans and turn them into green pigs with some paint and creativity. Transform a small red ball into a bird to knock down the pigs. (Idea from Tally’s Treasury)|
|Homemade Journal or Book (Click for more) This is a more challenging project, but the idea can be used to create a book or journal. Writing is a great way to encourage reading. The journal can be used to track books that are read to or to record thoughts and ideas about what your mentee is reading. (Idea from The Creative Place)|
|Heart Corner Bookmarks (Click for more)Here is another variation on the corner bookmark – this time it’s a heart. Utilize some plain paper, colored paper, glue, and scissors to create this fun bookmark. (Idea from Craft and Creativity)|
|Paint Chip Bookmarks (Click for more) Paint chips can be found at many home improvement or super stores. Punch a hole in the top and thread a colored ribbon through to make a fun bookmark. You can decorate with stamps, markers, paints – it is up to you and your imagination. (Idea from Splitcoast Stampers)|
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