Summer reading is important in our house. Kids need to keep their skill set and reading everyday really helps with that. We have a rule in the Summer. Reading first thing in the morning for a set amount of pages before anything digital or play time.This way they get what is important done and out of the way!
I have strong memories of reading during the summer when I was a girl growing up in the 1980s. I would stay up so late trying to finish my book. My mom would take me to the discount book store and I would stock up on Sweet Valley High books (I still have a huge box of those in my attic!) I hope that summer reading instills a love of reading. I hope they will keep the tradition of picking out a huge pile of books to read through each summer. I hope they learn new things and discover new worlds - just like I did.
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One of the ways you can help motivate your children is taking advantage of all the free summer reading programs! Most give small prizes or opportunities to win bigger prizes.
- Your Local Library - Our local library has a fantastic reading program. They offer incentives for hours or books read. Each week you visit the library and you fill out a paper that logs your progress. Then they have little coupons for the kids. These were typically for fast food restaurants, ice-cream cones or a free game of bowling.
- Barnes and Noble - They offer a free book to kids who have read 8 during the required time!
- Scholastic.com - is challenging kids to read this summer. Log your progress and enter to win prizes.
- Your Local Bank! Our local band TD Bank offers $10 deposited in the child's account if they read just 10 books this summer! (grades k-5)
- Chuck E Cheese - offers tokens for completing their reading chart.
- Pizza Hut- has a Book It Summer edition and kids have a chance to earn prizes.
- Book Adventure - keep track of your current book and print certificates.
- Half Priced Books - earn free books
- Six Flags - earn a free ticket to the theme park!
To help you keep track click on the free summer reading list printable below!
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