Make it fun by reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Also, let your children read to you. For younger children, point out the relationship between words and sounds.
Parents must be willing to model behavior for their children. Keep lots of reading material around the house. Turn off the TV and have each person read his or her book, including mom and dad.
This is the way to develop habits of the mind and build capacity for thought and insight.
It will only discourage the reading habit.
Listen to them in the car, or turn off the TV and have the family listen to them together.
Most libraries sponsor summer reading clubs with easy-to-reach goals for preschool and school-age children. Check the library calendar for special summer reading activities and events. Libraries also provide age appropriate lists for summer reading.
Encourage older children to read the newspaper and current events magazines, to keep up the reading habit over the summer and develop vocabulary. Ask them what they think about what they've read, and listen to what they say.
Present both children with postcards or envelopes that are already addressed and stamped. If both children have access to the Internet, email is another option.
Show your children how to read a map, and once you are on the road, let them take turns being the navigator.
Tape in souvenirs of your family's summer activities picture postcards, ticket stubs, photos. Have your children write the captions and read them and read them aloud as you look at the book together.