Summer is a great time to stop, relax and read a good book. Given that the school year has just ended in the Philippines, as a parent, you may want to take your children to the bookstore and have them pick out some stories and novels that they are interested in.
Reading beats watching television anytime. At my son’s school, they make our jobs as parents a bit easier by releasing a summer reading list for the boys. In this way, parents can have a pretty good idea as to what sort of books will be appropriate for their boys. If you have 11-12 year old boys, you may want to consider adding the following books to your son’s reading list this summer:
1. The Last of the Mohicans by James Cooper
2. Call of the Wild by Jack London
3. The Chronicles of Narnia series by CS Lewis
4. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
5. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
The boys are required to read one book from the above list. That one book will be used for a project in the next school year. That’s the school’s way, I guess, of ensuring that the boys will read at least one book.
Nothing stops you as a parent, of course, from getting all the books and encouraging your children to read all the books on the list. To ensure that your child also gets a good dose of fun (e.g. television, computer and video games) during the summer, you can allot a certain amount of time each day to reading and the other activities that your child would like to engage in. Reading for an hour to two hours each day should be fine.