Woohoo!! Summer is finally here!!
I know that I am not the only one excited for the summer and all the reading that it comes with. At least one of my two children is as well. The other is slowly growing on the idea though. Since we have been dismissed for the year, I have had multiple people ask me our plans for the summer, particularly in regards to reading. I thought this would be a better place than any to share those amazing summer reading plans.
FOR THE KIDS
I have my kids jammed with reading fun! Earlier this week, I presented them with their reading binder to kick off the summer. But before we get to what's included in that binder, I have to admit that they started a little early with . . . .
The Scholastic Summer Reading Program!
If you have not yet heard about this program, I have to brag about it for just a moment. Kids log the number of minutes they read each day. If they meet the weekly goal set by Scholastic, they can then spin the wheel for a cool literary badge to add to their collection. In addition, they can compete in chapter challenges to earn free chapters to all the popular Scholastic books. And, my favorite addition to the program this year is the new stories written by Scholastic authors that are released about every week. We have been reading these together and absolutely adore them. And, they come with an audio option! Scholastic also keeps a running tally of minutes for everyone participating, and my kids adore seeing how much this number grows every time we log in.
In addition to the Scholastic Summer Reading Program, my kids are also participating in the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading program as well as our local library's summer program. The former has kids record the number of books read with their recommendation. The latter has chosen to go another direction and reward kids instead on how many times they visit their local library . . . because reading is a reward in and of itself!
I have also printed off these Summer Reading Logs for each of my children to keep track of all their books read this summer, and encouraging each child to complete a book report for at least five books read. I have also provided them with a fun reading challenge scavenger hunt, if they so choose to participate.
Last, but not least, I am continuing with their reading incentive program that I implement during the school year. For every thirty minutes read, I give them one ticket. They can also earn tickets by cleaning their rooms once a week. They can cash in their tickets for electronic time (1 ticket = 30 minutes of electronics) or for a book from the bookstore (10 tickets = 1 book). I had to add this latter incentive because my daughter's tickets were overflowing and she prefers books over electronics!
I really have no particular plans for my summer reading . . . just doing a lot of it! I am co-hosting a reading challenge through one of my online book groups to help in expanding people's reading, but most of my books on my unpacked TBR will cover the categories. I honestly just look forward to reading at every opportunity that I get, with or without my children by my side!
I am seriously considering a book-buying ban for the summer though because my TBR seems to have exploded the last couple of months. My only concern is that I am really anticipating Go Set a Watchman this summer. And, I just found out that there is going to be a local author event with Jamie Ford that I really want to attend. Then, I see that there is a readalong for Atlas Shrugged. Maybe I will allow myself three exceptions for these three special circumstances. The question is . . . Will I have the power to limit myself to those three exceptions only?!?
Do you have any special plans for yourself or your family for summer reading? Any books that you are excited about reading this summer?