Tick, tick, tick.
Summer is rapidly approaching. Are you ready?
Earlier this week I mentioned that I would be sharing the phillips family’s summer schedule next week. Until then, I wanted to give you a little sneak peak into one of my summer survival tips:
Last summer, the children and I participated in two reading programs. One at our local library and one at a Half-Price Books retail store. Through these programs, the children earned free kids meals to local restaurants, free ice cream, small toys and a stack of $3 gift cards. They also (unknown to them) learned accountability, responsibility and the pride in completing a task. Miss E. completed the programs as a “listener” while her brother completed them as a “beginning reader.” This year, E. will be able to do a combo of listening and reading while Isaac will be a full-fledged, chapter book-loving reader.
Interested in getting your children plugged into some great reading programs? Check out the list below.
- Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program: Read eight books and earn a free book. See your local store for complete details and dates of this promotion.
- Half Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program: Last year, HPB offered $3 gift cards for books read. This year they are offering “Back to School” bucks. This is a fun and rewarding reading program for kids 14 years and younger.
- Sphaghetti Factory: Read five books, earn a free kids meal. Yum!
- HEB Grocery Stores: Read ten books, get a cool t-shirt.
- Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards: Read every day for two weeks and earn ten free tokens. Bring on the skee-ball!
- Pizza Hut: This reading program is for kids in K-6 grades. It offers kids a chance to win a large sweepstakes once they have met the reading requirement. Although winning a sweepstakes is not going to happen to every reader, the website for this contest is a valuable source of book suggestions, literacy activities and fun learning games.
- Sylvan Learning Centers: Book Adventure is an online reading incentive program for grade-school children.
- Build-A-Bear: In the past, Build-a-Bear had a summer reading program for kids. Although their website does not yet have details regarding this year’s program, it should still be in operation. Read books and earn fun Build-A-Bear prizes!
- Public Library. Most importantly, do not forget the public library. Take advantage of reading programs and special events hosted by your public library this summer.
PBSkids.org (a favorite website of ours) has a campaign devoted to developing strong literacy skills in children. Sometimes as parents we want our children to accomplish a task (i.e. reading) but do not know how to help them with such an accomplishment. The Raising Readers campaign is a great place to start!
Happy Reading this summer!
If you know of a reading program that I left off of this list, please be sure to share it in the comments section. Thanks!
**Wondering why my oldest child is sitting outside in May under a blanket? Well, he had a fever the day this picture was taken. Bless his sweet little heart. I was sad for his fever but my mama heart always loves to see my babies wrapped up in quilts from their infancy.