Summer Kick-off Party!

This post is part of an ongoing Summer Reading for Kids series. Click HERE to find ideas for reading activities, reading lists, and reading incentives…and keep checking back for more!

Our last day of school was last Thursday. So, naturally, Friday morning we had a little Summer Kick-off Party.

My husband made a delicious breakfast of bacon, eggs, and gluten-free waffles (that our dog really thought she might get to eat if she sat at the table with us).

After we ate, we talked with the girls about what our expectations, plans, and goals were for the summer. We reintroduced our 2013-2014 Family Theme and talked about ways we could better incorporate it into our lives this summer.

Since the theme is “My Body is a Temple: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Spirit” I thought we would make physical, mental, and spiritual goals for the summer.

I made some goal sheets that match the theme that is still framed in the dining room, and we used them to record our goals. The girls have hung their goal sheets up by their beds, and we will do check-ins every so often to help with accountability. (Mine is hanging next to my computer.)

My Body is a Temple Goal Worksheet-kick off summer by making goals with your children.

You can download this printable at the bottom of the page

We also talked about all the FUN things we each wanted to do this summer. We compiled a big list together, and I am planning on cute-ifying it and hanging it up in the kitchen so we can cross things off as we do them.

Finally, I gave them their reading bins. (For more info on our reading bins, click here: Choosing Summer Reading for Your Children)

The girls can read whatever they want during the summer, and they do. We go to the library often and many books are chosen and read. But at the beginning of the summer, I put together these bins of books that they might not have chosen for themselves and I think of it as a gift to them at the beginning of the summer. And the girls LOVE it.

We gave them their bins and reading journals….

…and they couldn’t wait to get started. They pretty much read all day, and have been reading quite a bit this week, too.

Nothing makes this mama happier than to see my children like this:

Kick off summer by throwing a party for your kids! Make goals, plan fun and vacations, and give them new books for summer reading!

And this:

Kick off summer by throwing a party for your kids! Make goals, plan fun and vacations, and give them new books for summer reading!

And this:

So far, after exactly one week of summer, daughter #2 has read three books, daughter #1 has read one and is well into a second, and daughter #3 has finished two. Hooray for summer reading!

More Summer Reading ideas:

Summer Reading Incentives

Summer Reading Journals

Our 2014 Summer Reading Lists

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Reading really is the best summer activity! 🙂


Amen and amen to that.

Meredith S

So great that they are reading!

Hilda Rodgers

I love the book bin idea! And the breakfast for the first morning is a fun way to kick off summer. My kids have one more week of school but we're starting to plan our summer already. Thanks for these ideas!


Hooray for summer! I thought we were some of the last to get out and I can't believe you still have another full week, yikes!

My girls love their book bins, too. Just love them.


Love this. 🙂 We're

Kim (The Kim Six Fix)

This is a beautiful idea. Right now we are doing a reading challenge for the library and it is chugging along, but my girls prefer to be read to vs. reading to themselves. Our goal for the summer is to finish the entire Little House series. We are just starting on Book 2, so it may actually be possible.


A couple summers ago, part of our vacation was to visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead in DeSmet, South Dakota. I read the first two books in the series to my girls before we left and they loved it so much. They are great read-aloud books!


It's a good idea to encourage your daughters to read, it looks and sounds like they love it. Such great ideas on having summer goals.