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Summer Reading Programs

With summer just around the corner, many companies are offering incentives to keep kids reading. My children are part of the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading and the Scholastic Summer Reading programs. Each offer different incentives and this encourages reading.

My daughter has read 7 of the 8 required books by Barnes & Noble. Once she reaches the eighth book she turns in the printout listing the books read at any Barnes & Noble store in return for a free book. I also agreed to purchase her a book of her choice for reading as well.

Scholastic is an online reading program. Each of my children have their own account. With Scholastic Summer Reading, each day they log in and enter the number of minutes they have read. My daughter has read 267 minutes in the last two weeks. Seeing this number change is exciting for her and encourages more reading. Each week when they log their minutes they are entered into a sweepstakes. The past two sweepstakes entries were for book sets. The more reading completed the more prizes unlocked. She has received an offer to read an online book, which she turned down, for logging her minutes. Children can also create an avatar and play games once signed in, making this not just about reading but a place to come and have fun.

These two program are great and offer a way to keep children in school mode. In the past, I would let them have their summers to themselves and only give them work when they were not attending summer camp. I believe this was a disadvantage to them. Their skills declined and it was very hard to get them back into work mode. This year I have decided to change that, with the help of summer reading programs. They will again attend summer camp but each day they will be required to read at least 15 minutes and complete some math. The drive to and from school is a perfect opportunity to read. What else are they doing besides fighting with each other or asking a million questions? After I explained to my children that there is nothing to do while riding in the car and this allows them free time when they get home, they jumped on this and compete as to who will read first. No one wants to be last and maybe not finish before we arrive home, because this would cut into their play time.

Stay tuned for some book reviews with my daughters opinion on books she reads and who she thinks would benefit from reading them.

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