Now that the school year is older for my kids I know that I now have to think about what I can do to make sure that academically my kids do not slide back. One of the ways that is very important for me is to have my kids continue reading throughout the summer. While our local library also has a reading program, my kids are competitive in nature and for the most part they love to try and compete against each other and set goals to reach. This Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge intrigued them from the very beginning and they were game to sign up from the first moment I mentioned to them.
We decided to get the kids signed up by going to the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge website. By going to the website I was able to easily set up an account for each of the kids (the kids could pick their own screen name which they loved) and I could even connect their accounts to their local schools to benefit the school as well as benefit themselves (for the challenge itself). Entering the amount of time that my kids have been reading and even after a short period your child can earn virtual prizes, such as a chapter from a book, as my kids did after the first week (reading for 120 minutes). There are also weekly challenges that require you to read a passage and reflect back on it (for comprehension purposes).
The site was informative as well and there are some great tidbits on scholastic authors scattered through the site that my girls have found interesting thus far.
All-in-all, sign up was SO easy and my kids are excited about the program as well which makes it all worthwhile.
ABOUT THE SUMMER READING CHALLENGE
Now in its 8th year, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge program is dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” and getting kids to read throughout the summer months when school is out.
Starting May 5, 2014, kids can log their reading minutes (online and on smartphones) as they Read for the World Record, enter sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes, and earn digital rewards when they complete weekly reading challenges.
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is “Reading Under the Stars” (powered by Eveready®). Throughout the summer, kids will read around the galaxy and unlock star constellations as they log reading minutes.
In 2013, Scholastic inspired more than 130,000 kids from 4,200 schools in all 50 States and 31 countries to set a new record for summer reading of 176 million-plus minutes!
- 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.
- Tune in to Facebook on June 21 for the Summer Solstice Facebook Chat for Parents
SUMMER READING TIMER APP
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.
Find Out More About Scholastic or the Challenge At Any Of the Following:
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Follow the Summer Reading Challenge Pinterest Board
Like the Summer Reading Challenge YouTube Playlist
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