Just one more half a day and they are all mine for the summer. Besides doing fun things (my attempt at being the “cool” Mom) I want to encourage reading for many reasons but certainly to try and maintain at least some of the things they’ve been taught over the course of the school year.
Just a few weeks ago, the required reading books stopped coming home and I was left to my own devices, trying to get Ryan to read some of his books on the bookshelf. It was really like pulling teeth, and here we are with just one more day of school. Have I ALREADY dropped the ball? Hopefully not with all the wonderful summer reading programs available to parents to encourage summer reading.
Ryan responds well to positive reinforcement, aka bribery. If he is somehow rewarded for reading with digital rewards and prizes, he is more likely to happily participate. I spent some time checking out some online summer reading programs and included them here.
1. The Scholastic Summer Challenge – Kids can participate in weekly reading challenges, earn digital rewards, enter
sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes, and more. Younger readers can participate with their families on the Summer Challenge Family Playground, where they can also log minutes to earn prizes and enter sweepstakes. When kids reach a reading goal (for example: logging at least 100 minutes this week) they can spin the Prize Wheel to win digital prizes like books, audio chapters, and virtual badges. Be sure to check out their Page-Turning Summer Book List for every age and theme! I found this link to a summer reading list for ages 5-7.
2. Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program – Kids read any 8 books and record them in the Barnes and Noble reading journal. Kids choose a free book from the Barnes and Noble list when they turn in a completed journal at a local Barnes and Noble. Download fun activities and get teaching tips in the Barnes and Noble activity kits for parents.
3. Borders, Borders Express or Walden Books Double Dog Dare Challenge – Kids 12 and under read 10 books and list them on the back of the pdf form. The form must be completed and brought to a Borders, Borders Express or Walden Books to redeem a coupon good for one free book (select titles only, and in store only.) Challenge is valid from 6/1/11 – 9/5/11.
4. Book It! National Reading Incentive Program – Kids read five books and list them on this pdf form. Parents mail it off to the Summer Break Reading Challenge Sweepstakes (address on form) for a chance to win prizes like a tote bag, sunglasses, book light, a copy of Mr. Poppers Penguins, a $20 Visa Gift Card and more great prizes! Sweepstakes runs from 6/15-8/15.
5. TD Bank Summer Reading – This year, my kids participated in the TD Bank savings program offered at school, which encourages saving money. TD Bank also has a Summer Reading Program. Kids read ten books, fill out the summer reading program form and TD bank will deposit $10 into a new or existing Young Saver Account.
6. Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program – Kids fourteen and under can earn back-to-school bucks for keeping an appetite for reading during the summer. Kids read 600 minutes or more and turn in their completed reading log at Half Price Books July 25 – August 7 to receive $5 Back-to-School Bucks summer reading reward! Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program kicks off on Sunday, June 5 at 2 pm for the Biggest Storytime of the Summer at your local Half Price Books.
Be sure to check your local library for their always free summer reading programs. Our library displays the cool prizes that young readers are eligible to win which is always a great incentive!
Check out my article, “Reading Advice for the Parents of Elementary School Kids” for more ideas for getting your kids to read!
Do you know of another Summer Reading program? Please share it!
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