Summer can be a time filled with anxiety about the activities in which our children participate. School has come to an end for the year, and many of us will be searching for activities to help our children not only stay busy but keep them stimulated. Over the next few days I will try to offer ideas for summer activities for our youth and any other adult who wishes to give them a try. Today my suggestion is about reading.
Many of our children spend time during the summer months trying to escape the summer heat by sitting in front of the computer or playing video games. While there are today many good resources for our children online that assist in character building and education, let’s face it…spending so many hours in front of the TV or computer isn’t the best place for our children.
Many of our children also need practice with their reading skills. It wasn’t too long ago when parents used the Bible to help their children learn to read. Early American history is filled with stories of young children practicing their reading skills by reading from the family bible. Why not begin a new tradition this summer by inviting your children to each take turns reading a few verses from the family bible? It will help their reading, bring them closer to Jesus Christ, AND serve as great family time during the heat of summer.
There are several wonderful children’s books about saints and the Bible. Stop by your local Orthodox Christian Bookstore, and pick up a book for this summer’s reading time. You won’t be disappointed!