Homeschool Summer Reading Program

As summer gets closer, are you children starting to drop hints that they will not be reading during the long, warm days? Do you have a homeschool summer reading plan, and do you know how to implement it?




Give small rewards or prizes for number of books read, number of pages read or number of minutes read. It might be a good idea to give small rewards for meeting easier goals and larger rewards for meeting bigger goals. Of

Of course the goals will differ based on different reading levels and based on what things might motivate a particular child. For example: one ice-cream cone for reading ten storybooks (my 7 year old), making a batch of cookies with your friend for reading a simple chapter book such as a book from The Magic Tree House Series (my 9 year old), a picnic and a game of baseball in the park for reading a chapter book such as a book from The Harry Potter Series (my 12 year old).

Larger goals might earn rewards like a date with mom to do something of the child’s choice, a trip to a museum, lunch at a favorite restaurant, a night with friends to have a BBQ and watch a movie outside.

2017 update: My 16-year-old son wanted to buy a season’s pass to a local amusement park, but he did not have the money he needed? At first, I simply told him “No.” Then, after thinking about it, I decided to pay for the pass in exchange for his reading several books of my choosing. I will post the list I give him in the next couple of days.


Cut out circles and give the kids a circle for meeting a reading goal. Each time they finish a book, read a certain number of pages or read for a certain length of time they can put a circle up on the wall. Build a caterpillar around their bedroom next to the ceiling or like we are doing around the kitchen and family room.

My kids decided they each wanted their own caterpillar so they could see how much progress they were making individually.

Do it however you want!

See how long you can make the caterpillar(s) stretch! You could turn it into a contest to see who can read the most! It might be fun to make different colored circles for different goals. For example yellow circles for story books, red circles for chapter books, green circles for non-fiction books, blue circles for blocks of time read.

When the summer is over and your caterpillar is finished you can easily see how many books in different categories were read and how much time was spent reading!



Here is a fun way to get your kids exposed to a lot of different types of books and learning!

Go to your local library and have the kids check out a book from each of the nine categories in the Dewy Decimal System. At the beginning of the isles in the juvenile section it will begin with the 100’s and continue all the way to the 900’s. Each set of 100 is a different category.

When the kids get done checking out books they will each have nine books in nine different subjects! Choose a good reward or prize that will be motivating to each of your children that they can receive after they’ve completed all nine books. What a fun way to expose them to a wide range of topics and who knows—maybe you will find out something you didn’t know about what your kids are interested in through the process!




Here is a list of the types of books you will find in each section of the Dewey Decimal System:


ghosts, witches, supernatural; optical illusions, feelings; emotions, values



bible stories

world religions


300’s—Social Sciences

social issues, almanacs, government, money, working, armed forces, holidays, fairy tales


400’s—Sign language

Spanish, French, German, hieroglyphics


500’s—Science and Math

science experiments, stars, planets, volcanoes, atoms, dinosaurs, plants, animals


600’s—People using science and technology

inventions, human body, farming, cook books, secret codes, paper making


700’s—Arts and Recreation

history of art, origami, crafts, painting, music, photography, sports, games



poetry, Shakespeare, Haiku


900’s—Geography and History

Explorers, biographies, archeology, knights, castles, atlases, countries




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