Summer is upon us, and while we love the beach, we can’t spend every day for hours out in the sun. Which means the “I’m Bored” starts up sooner than I care to admit. This summer, to keep our kids in tip top shape and let them escape to unknown worlds, we decided reading would be a part of their summer fun. So, you can imagine my excitement when Scholastic asked me to join in their Summer Reading Challenge!
This post is part of a sponsored program with Scholastic, but I am a mom who loves to read and encourage that in my kids. All that means is opinions and thoughts are my own.
What is the Summer Reading Challenge? The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online/mobile reading program that helps prepare kids for back-to-school by encouraging them to read every day all summer long. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is “Reading Under the Stars” (powered by EVEREADY®), to encourage kids to go outside and open their world to reading. Next month, you’ll be hearing all about our night of reading under the stars. To get started you simply visit the website, and create a username, which will not be personally identifiable. They get to choose from places, animals, colors, and quite a few others, to get the name they want!
Even though we won’t be camping out until next month, we have already gotten started on our summer reading! Seen above is last weeks reading log for my daughter. As you can tell, she is a lot like me and could spend all day in a book. There is just something about escaping into a world that isn’t ours that draws us both in. Each week kids get a reading minute challenge to try to meet (or beat). They can get badges, prizes, and the satisfaction of meeting (or beating) the minutes…which is awesome for competitive kids like mine.
With the reading program, kids can link to their schools (with parents permission). Their minutes then get added to the school total. They can see their school rank and how many total minutes have been logged. Another great thing is this program allows teachers to sign up, to earn free books for their classroom. A teacher can never have enough books! In 2013, more than 130,000 kids from 4,200 schools , in all 50 states and 31 countries, set the bar high at 176 million+ minutes. They would love to beat that this year! of course, as of earlier this morning we were getting close….
There are a few ways to have fun through the week:
- Every Monday, check Scholastic on Twitter for the #MondayMinutes. See the total number of minutes kids have read to date!
- Every Friday, follow the Scholastic Facebook calendar for Friday Freebies!
- Every Friday, check out the Summer Reading Challenge Pinterest Board for a new collage of summer books.
- Download the Reading Timer App. The Scholastic Reading Timer app encourages reading every day and most importantly, makes it fun! The app allows users to time reading minutes with an interactive stopwatch and track minutes on a weekly log. Plus, parents can check children’s reading activity in addition to browsing daily tips, articles and book lists.
When they’ve finished their reading for the day, let them relax and have fun with some of the games, find new books to add to their collection and so much more. We are excited to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge and we hope you will join us. Head over and sign up today!
Keep up with the Summer Reading Challenge socially!
- Like Scholastic Parents on Facebook
- Follow Scholastic on Twitter and Instagram
- Follow the Summer Reading Challenge Pinterest Board
- Like the Summer Reading Challenge YouTube Playlist