School is officially out for summer vacation! But while your kids are excited for sleeping in, going to the beach and hanging out all day let’s also get them excited for summer reading! We want your kids to learn about topics they’re interested in, without nagging or forcing it out of them. With summer being a pretty big chunk of time that gives plenty of room to change their minds about reading, and for some that may be easier said than done, but with this Summer Reading Challenge I’ll bet by the end of summer your kids will (could I dare say) want to pick up a book for the fun of it.
– 1 page read= 1 point
– Bonus points= completing a book, choosing a challenging book, summer reading for school, etc.
– The book should be approved by Mom or Dad
Now this can vary for everyone as you do want your kids to read things that would interest them but here’s a good list from Scholastic to choose from.
– Ages 3-5
– Ages 5-7
For all of those little mermaids out there here are a few fun choices to pick from.
Barbie in a Mermaid Tale 2– Girls ages 2-5 will love this exciting full-color Little Golden Book retelling of the new Barbie Spring 2012 direct-to-DVD movie.
Mermaids in the Backyard– Lindy doesn’t want to move to the bug house. That’s what she calls her family’s new beachfront house on stilts. She misses her best friend and her life back in Chicago. Girls 6-9 years old.
Trouble at Trident Academy– It’s MerGirl Shelly Siren’s first day at a new school, and she is nervous from the tip of her head to the end of her sparkling mermaid tail. Girls 6-9 years old.
Aquamarine– Hailey and Claire are spending their last summer together when they discover something at the bottom of the murky pool at the Capri Beach Club. Girls 8-12 years old.
The Tail of Emily Windsnap– A young girl learns she’s half mermaid and plunges into a scheme to reunite with her father in this entrancing, satisfying tale that beckons readers far below the waves. Girls 10-12.
Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings– Girls 10-13 will love reading about a girl who goes from shopping to flopping in a newly discovered mermaid tail.
It’s important to keep the interest going all summer long so to have small weekly and monthly prizes leading up to a big grand prize at the end of summer is your best option. I’ve come up with some reward options but of course these are flexible since not all your kids could be interested in the same rewards.
Weekly Rewards: Get out of dishes free, sleep in, trip to the park, 30 min of the computer during ‘non-electronic’ time, invite friends over, Mom makes your favorite dinner, etc. To make it a family event as well you can go out for dinner or ice cream if each kid got at least a certain amount of points.
Monthly Reward: Kids can earn entries into the monthly drawing when they read 100 pages or finish a book. So even the third place weekly winner, four weeks running will have a shot at the monthly prize to keep things fair. The monthly prize can be drawings for toys, gift cards and other items valued at about $10 or so.
Grand Prize: For the grand reward have your kids each list 3 big prize ideas and if they win you can reward them with one of the things they were looking forward to. Of course money is always a good prize too. Plus, since all your kids did so well on the summer reading challenge make sure to celebrate all their accomplishments by having a pool party, pizza outing or beach day so everyone feels proud of themselves.
We can’t wait to hear how your summer reading challenge went!
(Contributed by Tiffany Gomez)