Reading Activity Calendar

September

1Labor DayLabor Day isn’t just about grown-ups who work! If your kids are a little older, make a list of jobs they could do, like baby-sit, do yard work, or walk dogs. With younger kids, make a list of all the important jobs they can do around the house, like clean up, help set the table, and help take care of pets.
2Library Card Sign-Up MonthChildren of any age can get their own library card in many systems. Visit your local library and sign up your child for his own card, and talk together about library rules like treating books carefully and returning them on time.
3Peter Rabbit’s birthday is tomorrowBeatrix Potter originally wrote the Peter Rabbit story as a get-well letter to a five-year-old nephew. Read the Peter Rabbit story together, and then make up a story that could cheer a sick friend or relative up. Be sure to write down the story in case you ever want to send it.
4Newspaper Carrier DayWith your child, make a card for your newspaper carrier, thanking him for his service and saying what your child’s favorite part of the newspaper is. Leave the card in your newspaper box, or give it to your carrier in person.
5More NewspapersDoes your local paper have a just-for-kids section? If so, pull it out for your child and let him read it while you read the “grown-up” parts. Then sit down and read the comics, sports page, or whatever else interests your child together.
6More NewspapersHave your child create a newspaper for your family! He can report on the “news of the day” like what was for dinner, any activities or games played, and who had homework.
7Grandparent’s DayGrandparents play a special role in many children’s lives. Have your child make a card, or even a scrapbook, with favorite memories and stories. If you have a photo of your child and parents together, include it and have your child write his name and age on the back.
8International Literacy DayCelebrate simply by curling up together and reading. Read your child’s favorite book, and also your own favorite children’s book, either one from your own childhood or a recent one.
9Apple MonthFor Apple Month, see if there are any orchards in your area that offer apple picking. When you make the trip, talk about all the new words that come with the experience, like orchard, peck, and the different names of apple types.
10More Apple MonthWith your newly picked apples, find a recipe that your child will like, such as homemade applesauce, apple cobbler, or pie. Read over the instructions and ingredients with your child, and have him assist in as many ways as possible as you bake together.
11Read a New Book MonthThis month is easy to celebrate -- find a new book to read at the library, a book store, or even yard sales.
12More Read a New Book MonthIt can be expensive and time-consuming to find new books that your child will love. Try asking friends and co-workers with children the same age what they’re reading, and make plans for a book swap. It’s a great way to find new books through personal recommendations.
13Chocolate DayIn honor of Chocolate Day, read aloud a classic chocolate book to your child like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “The Chocolate Touch” or another chocolate-themed book.
14Star-Spangled Banner DayThe national anthem was written on this day in 1814. Find a recording -- online or at the library -- and play it for your child, reading the lyrics together.
15Hispanic Heritage Month beginsThis month begins today and runs through Oct. 15. Get creative with Maya’s Card Creator.
16More Hispanic Heritage MonthKeep celebrating with the Spanish Word game from Sesame Street.
17Recycle Problem-SolvingToddlers love to create and solve problems using simple materials. Give your child some clean recycled items like cans of different sizes. Make sure there are no sharp edges. He will spend a long time fitting the cans inside of each other. As he works, introduce words like small, medium, large, inside, and fit.
18More Recycle Problem-SolvingUsing more clean recycled items like cans, boxes, and paper towel tubes, have your child tape or glue the items together in a “recycled sculpture.” When he’s finished, ask him to tell you the story about what the sculpture is.
19Talk Like a Pirate Day — Arrghh, matey!Kids love Talk Like a Pirate Day. Get your whole family in on the game (at least while you’re at home — pirate talk doesn’t belong at school), and give yourself pirate names.
20More PiratesAsk your child what life would be like if he was a pirate. Would he have a parrot? A peg leg? A ship of his own? Write down his pirate story and have him illustrate it.
21International Day of PeaceOne way for children to celebrate this day is to plant seeds. Find flower seeds that you can plant — either indoors or out — and read the instructions together. Then plant the seeds and mark on the calendar what progress the seeds make.
22First Day of FallMake a list of your favorite Fall activities, like hiking or Halloween. What is your child most looking forward to this Fall? Have him draw a picture of a fall day and then describe what’s happening.
23Elephant Appreciation DayGo to the library to check out books on famous elephants like Babar and Horton.
24Dog WeekDog week is held during the last full week of September. Visit Martha on PBS KIDS!
25More Dog WeekGo to the library to check out classic dog books like Harry the Dirty Dog or Good Dog, Carl. Be sure to look at nonfiction books, too.
26More Dog WeekVisit WordWorld on PBS KIDS to play with Dog!
27Family Health and Fitness DayThis day, held the last Saturday in September, is the perfect time to go outside and play a ball game together. Play an alphabet or word game while you play, such as each thrower taking turns saying the alphabet, or each thrower saying a word related to a word the previous thrower just said. The first thrower would say “dog” and the next would say “poodle,” etc.
28Good Neighbor DayThe fourth Sunday in September is Neighbor Day. With your child, make a list of things you can do to be a good neighbor — bring in their newspaper, send them baked goods, invite them over. Then decide which you want to do first, and have your child make them a “hello” card.
29Banned Books Week beginsOlder children may be interested in learning more about Banned Books Week, held at the end of September annually. Visit the American Library Association to see a list of frequently banned and challenged books. Ask your children if they’ve read of those books, and if so, what they thought.
30Book IdeasDoes your child have an idea that he’s never seen in a book? Have him write it down and draw some pictures. Who knows, maybe he’ll write it as a full-fledged book one day!
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