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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 5:02 pm | Updated: 9:25 am, Tue Apr 9, 2013.

With all the gizmos, gadgets and electronic media available these days, it can be tough for parents to get kids to sit down with good old-fashioned books. But regular reading, done for fun, is linked to better school performance and can expose kids to a world of knowledge.

Experts advise parents of reluctant readers to, above all, keep the activity enjoyable.

“Reading should never feel like a chore,” said David Borgenicht, father of two young children, author, and publisher of Quirk Books. “There are so many exciting books out there for all ages. It’s just a matter of finding what your child likes.”

Here are some ways you can encourage your child to drop the remote and pick up a book instead:

• Start early: Good habits start young. So set aside time daily to read together until he or she can do so alone. Visit the library regularly to attend story time and other children’s literacy events, and to check out books.

• Set an example: Children learn by watching. If you aren’t already a regular reader, become one today.

• Stock up: The more types of reading materials in a home, the better students perform in reading proficiency, according to the Educational Testing Service. So stock your home with newspapers, mysteries, biographies, poetry, historical fiction and every genre of interest to your family.

“You may even want to leave some books and magazines in the car so kids can squeeze a short read in during commutes,” Rekulak said.

• Think ahead: Serial novels can keep kids continually engaged in books. Look for something full of action and adventure that’s fraught with suspense, like the new Lovecraft Middle School series by Charles Gilman about the strange world of a creepy middle school. A nod to H.P. Lovecraft, the iconic horror author of the 20th century, the book is appropriate for boys and girls ages 10 and older. The newest in the series, “The Slither Sisters,” is about two monsters disguised as students who are plotting to abduct the entire seventh grade. To learn more about the series, visit www.LovecraftMiddleSchool.com.

• Make it easy: Give your child the right tools he or she needs to read comfortably. An armchair pillow and a bedside reading lamp will make reading a comfortable experience.

• Tune out: Be sure to have a period each evening where no television, gaming systems or gadgets are allowed. Make this “reading time,” go hand in hand with something fun — like dessert — so there’s no protest.

You can find a children’s reading list of recommended books from the American Library Association at www.ala.org.

After school, homework and extracurricular activities, reading may not be a child’s top priority. But by taking a few key steps, you can instill a lifelong love of reading.

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Kids Camp calendar

Camp Amazing at Family of Christ Learning Center

Eight weeks of summer camps with a different theme each week such as Infinity and beyond, Hawaiian hullaballoo, Disney camp, mighty jungle, music makers, ocean commotion and explosion, and more.

DETAILS>>8:30 a.m. to noon June 4 to July 26, Monday to Thursday, Family of Christ Learning Center, 3501 E. Chandler Blvd. $75 for the week or choose two or three days for $20 per day. Registration is $20. (480) 759-4047, www.focaz.org.


 

Magical Journey Learning Center camps

The Magical Journey Learning Center of Ahwatukee, 1442 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2, is currently enrolling for the following summer camps:

• Science Camp 1:

An eight-week integrated science and literature class designed to encourage and develop a child’s inquiry and problem-solving skills while being engaged in “hands-on” experiments and activities. Weekly themes will integrate children’s literature and non-fiction. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>8 to 10 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 9, 16, 23, 30.

• Science Camp 2:

New themes and activities from Science Camp 1. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24, 31 or 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1.

• Spanish Immersion Camp:

Children will experience the Spanish language through total immersion. Class instruction is entirely in Spanish and is taught through conversation, art, music and story time. In addition, children learn through vocabulary and phrases that are important in their day-to-day lives. For 4 to 8 year olds.

DETAILS>>11 a.m. to noon, Monday to Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25.

• Literature Camp – June:

A four-week session designed to enhance your child’s reading experience with art, music, science and cooking activities all based on favorite picture books.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27 or 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28.

• Literature Camp – July:

A four-week session designed to enhance your child’s reading experience with the study of various children’s authors. Activities will integrate literature, with art, drama, music and writing.

DETAILS>>1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1 or 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2

• You-n-Me Book Club – June:

A four-week session designed for 3 and 4 year old children and an adult companion. The weekly theme will integrate stories, art, games, songs and snacks.

DETAILS>>9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26 or 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28.

• Lend a Hand Club-June:

Help your child develop positive self-esteem and learn valuable life lessons. This club will teach your child responsibility, cooperation, leadership, problem solving and compassion. Students will participate in making hands on projects to be given to local animal shelters, food banks, senior centers and other local organizations. For 4 to 7 year olds.

DETAILS>>8 to 10 a.m. Fridays, June 8, 15, 22, 29.

• Science/Literature Camp – July:

This camp will be six sessions of fun with hands-on science tied in with reading and writing experiences. No risk of writer’s block here. For 8 to 10 year olds.

DETAILS>>9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.

• Math Camp – July:

Have some fun as we review math skills, do problem solving activities and play some hands-on interactive math games together. For 7 to 9 year olds.

DETAILS>>9 to 11 a.m. Fridays, July 13, 20, 27.

For more information on these camps and clubs at Magical Journey Learning Center, visit http://magicaljourneylc.org or call (480) 703-3302.


 

Dance Studio 111 camps

• Summer Dance Camp 2012:

Spend time with friends learning to dance and continue to improve your technique all summer long. Our family oriented staff is offering classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theater, and more. All ages and levels.

DETAILS>>3:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 5 to June 28, Tuesday through Thursdays at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $125 to $275. (480) 706-4060, www.dancestudio111.com.

• Summer Dance Camp:

Dance classes that include combo classes, intermediate jazz tech, advanced jazz tech classes for students that range in age from 2 years to 12 and older.

DETAILS>>class times vary. Classes are Mondays and Saturdays beginning June 6. Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. Cost is $60 to $155 per month. www.dancestudio111.com, (480) 706-6040.

• Boys Hip-Hop:

Dance Studio 111 is offering boys only fun hip-hop classes for the month of June. For all ages.

DETAILS>>6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in June at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $60 for the month. (480) 706-6040, www.dancestudio111.com.

• Summer Ballet Intensive:

Intermediate level for the dancer who has a minimum of three years ballet training and ages 9 to 14. Advanced level ballet, for the dance that has complete knowledge of basic technique and moving towards a professional level, ages 12 and over.

DETAILS>>10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June 9 to July 28, Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 111. www.dancestudio111.com. (480) 706-6040.

• Summer Intensive 2012:

Dancers from around the Valley are invited to attend the week-long intensive classes. New guest teachers every day. Styles featured are jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, musical theater, turns and technique, hip-hop and more. All ages and levels.

DETAILS>>10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23 to July 26 at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $250 for the entire week. (480) 706-6040, www.dancestudio111.com.

• Summer Dance Boot Camp:

It’s time to work it out. After a long summer it’s time to get back to dance. Two weeks only, for all ages and levels with new teachers every day.

DETAILS>>4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 8, 9 (first week); Aug. 14, 15, 16 (second week) at Dance Studio 111, 4910 E. Chandler Blvd. $150 for one week, $175 two weeks. (480) 706-4060, www.dancestudio111.com.

Arizona All Stars Cheer and Tumbling summer camps

Offering summer camps that includes three weeks of fun with tumbling, stunting, dance, Fitness4Kids, Zumba, kids yoga, games and much more.

DETAILS>>8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 to 27 at Arizona All Stars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. $395, (480) 831-1105 or www.azallstars.com.

Sunsplash Camp at Arizona All Stars

DETAILS>>May 29 to June 1 (four days) $175 and July 30 to Aug. 5 (five days) $195, at Arizona All Stars, 7425 S. Harl Ave., Suite 3, Tempe. (480) 831-1105, www.azallstars.com.

• Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or bstidham@ahwatukee.com