Your kids will get lots of learning in just by having fun this summer. Still, don't forget to have them read and/or read to them daily. Plus, there are some great incentives programs out there for all kids and I will detail a few below.
First I think it is important to make reading a daily occurrence. I find that I remember to have my kids read if I have set times during the day for reading. We have silent reading time in the afternoon (after lunch). Sometimes my son will read to my daughter or read out loud to himself. Sometimes we will listen to a story on CD and follow along in the book. Often I will read to the kids. Every night before bed, we read to the kids. My son (six) loves the Magic Tree House series. My daughter (3) loves Eric Carl and Dr. Seuss to name a few.
Also, having some sort of incentive chart helps keep my kiddos want to read. There is one here
you can print and use. We are currently using our local library's charts. My son gets to cross off tickets for each hour he reads (or we read to him) and at the end of the summer, he gets to spend his tickets at the library. We try to get in an hour and a half of reading a day with him. About 45 min. of him reading on his own and about 45 min. of us reading to him. My daughter gets to cross out suns for every 20 min. of reading she does and will get a small prize for reading. Many town libraries have programs going on, be sure to check out what your library has to offer.
There are many online programs you could check out...
Join Scholastic’s Summer Challenge
and be part of a team quest to eat, sleep, and dream books all summer! Find great reads, play book-based games, and help Scholastic support Save the Children! Your minutes can also count toward the World Record Challenge
Have a parent/guardian sign the completed worksheet.
Bring your completed worksheet to any Borders or Waldenbooks store between May 26 and August 31 to save 50% or more on selected items.
Chuck E. Cheese
Reading Rewards: Children read daily for a two-week period, log their time on a Chuck E. Cheese calendar, and get 10 free game tokens with any food purchase. Offer expires Dec. 31 and can be repeated every two weeks. Eight O.C. locations. Download and print the reading calendar online at: www.chuckecheese.com/promotions/pdf/RewardReading.pdf
Need some reading lists, check out Amazon's Summer Reading Lists
First Grade List
Second Grade Lists
Third Grade Lists
Labels: children's literature, reading, summer