This week we hosted a Summer Reading party to inspire kids to join the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge to log their reading minutes to help break the world record. My bookworm Kenzie is constantly reading and I’m always encouraging my 6 year old Kyle to read more …..so joining in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a great way for me to motivate Kyle and highlight Kenzie’s extraordinary reading efforts.
The kids all brought their favorite books and read on the lawn – love this photo!
You can sign up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge with your kids here: http://scholastic.com/summer The website is VERY easy to use and your kids will love logging in on their own and inputting their minutes read each day of the week.
Scholastic sent us cool activities to do with the kids too – everyone loved me quizzing them about the Solar System!
The kids all listed out their favorite books and what they are hoping to read next. You can imagine Kenzie had a VERY long list! Just talking about reading seems to inspire my son to put in those extra minutes and effort too. Since our party on Monday, I’ve had him gaining confidence to read aloud Dr. Seuss fluently. Woohoo!!!! And, he’s now begging me to read extra chapters of his new “Stink” book. A visit to the library is in order so we can check out more new books for the kids ASAP to keep this momentum going for my little guy!
Another cool way that you might want to inspire your kids to read is to tie in a craft activity to whatever book they are reading now or to have them draw a scene from a favorite novel. Kyle made a clay model of a character and Kenzie drew a castle – to signify her love of Hogwarts in Harry Potter. So cute!
This year’s Summer Reading theme is Reading Under the Stars, and is powered by EVEREADY®, the maker of batteries and flashlights, to encourage families to discover new and fun ways to explore reading outside this summer. EVEREADY sent us a box of flashlights – the kids thought this was really cool. Especially if you want to sneak in some reading after Mom turns the lights off at night 🙂
A few favorites Scholastic sent us this summer. Kenzie has read all the chapter books and Kyle loves this latest in the beloved FLY GUY series.
Official Info About the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
Now in its 8th year, the Summer Reading Challenge program is dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” and getting kids to read throughout the summer months when school is out. 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!
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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 for us to host our reading under the stars party with friends to inspire more kids to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge.