My kids are LOVING participating in Scholastic’s 2014 Summer Reading Challenge for the first time ever. It is AWESOME!
I encourage you to grab your kids and hop on the computer right now to register them with a username and start logging their reading minutes daily. It’s so easy to do and a giant reminder as a parent to get your kids READING in the summer. Here’s the handy link to join Scholastic for this fantastic project to help prevent the “summer slide” http://scholastic.com/summer.
The theme this summer is “Reading Under the Stars” and Scholastic hopes to break the world record for minutes read by kids over the summer. 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.
Scholastic has the a fantastic website set up that is so easy for Kids to use to log their minutes read daily and weekly all summer long! My kids finished school last week so we started logging minutes this week and it is a GREAT motivator. Especially for children who are less likely to want to naturally read on their own.
It is SO easy to log your minutes read online – via your computer or even mobile too. Kids just sign up for a username and as a Parent I’m able to verify my kids accounts and then get email updates on how much they are reading. I love it as a parent too as this is a HUGE reminder for me to get my SON reading.
Kenzie, age 8 and going into 3rd grade, is an obsessive reader. I actually don’t need to motivate her to read but it’s really fun for her see that she is exceeding the challenge Scholastic sets for the week. This week she was challenged to read 130 minutes – and she already read 645 minutes and has 2 days left in the week! CRAZY!
Kenzie has been loving earning badges for her reading time logged. Plus, she is able to “Spin the Wheel” online for a prize after answering challenges online that included reading comprehension. After successfully answering questions, she then won a free chapter to a book – thus encouraging more reading. Woohoo!
Isn’t this cool???
Kyle is only just out of Kindergarten and would honestly rather just play with Legos or run around in the backyard catching bugs or digging holes than practicing his reading given he is such a new reader. But as a new reader, it is SO important we keep his reading skills up and all that he learned last year so he continues to excel in 1st grade and build upon all he has learned during his Kindergarten school year.
Kyle loves the opportunity to get on the computer to log minutes and if we can hit his goals next week for reading, I know he will love earning Badges.
Free Summer Reading Timer App from Scholastic
Download the Reading Timer App for free!
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.
What Books are your kids reading this summer?
Here’s a few books Scholastic sent us that my kids are enjoying.
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Note: Thanks to Scholastic for sending us a Summer Reading Challenge packet full of 4 books to inspire my children to get reading and a box of Everready flashlights and batteries so we can host a reading under the stars party with friends later this summer.