Playing with Words all Summer Long


Today’s post comes from my friend, Martha Rodriguez. As a parent, she is always looking for ways to boost her kids’ learning and love for reading. Read her terrific ideas on ways to make summer reading fun.

                            Playing with Words all Summer Long

Brain drain!  Parents and teacher know all about it.  It’s what happens during the summer when kids don’t keep up with their reading and writing.  You can’t blame them for wanting to kick back and relax after nine month of homework and tests, but the sound of the school bell on the last day doesn’t mean that kids should shut down their brains for the summer.

One way to avoid brain drain is for teachers to assign summer reading.  If your child is a voracious reader chances are they’ll tackle the list with ease.  But it’s not always easy, especially if the books on the list are not to his liking.  Family trips, sleepovers with friends, summer camp, and a host of other activities toward the top of the fun list push reading toward the bottom.  How many of us have found ourselves pushing the kids to finish the books on the last week of vacation?  Count me in!

The same thing goes for writing.  Remember all those “What I did on My Summer Vacation” essays and book reports that teachers assigned?  Remember how they wrote those the night before school started?  Remember the whining?  Me, too.

Let’s avoid all that by playing with words all summer long.  Encourage the kids to pick up or download books and other reading material they enjoy and alternate them with those on the required reading list.  What’s that saying?  “Variety is the spice of life.”  And nudge them to test their imaginations by writing of worlds beyond ours; of adventure, mystery, and wonder.  A laptop or tablet makes writing fun wherever they may be.  I bet their essays and book reports will be a bit more colorful and there will be a bit less whining.

My blog post Write On has tips to get the kids reading, especially reluctant readers, and some fun writing prompts to get their writing juices flowing and stop the brain drain before it starts.  Their teachers will thank you!

Wishing you all a fun and safe summer!


Thank you, Gail, for inviting me to be a guest blogger on your wonderful site.  I always look forward to your terrific posts!


Martha Rodriguez

Author and Publisher

Read To Me Publishing, LLC

Martha Rodriguez is the author of the children’s books A Reel Cool Summer, Smell My Feet! 10 Seriously Silly and Sweet Short Stories for Squirts, and What About Barnaby?  She is also the owner of Read To Me Publishing, LLC.

Martha was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of three.  She is a wife and the mother to three awesome kids.  Like most moms, she has had many years of experience answering the question, “We’re bored, what can we do?”  One answer to that question brought about the story behind A Reel Cool Summer where her real kids are the characters!

Thank you, Martha—you always have good things to say!



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