*This post is brought to you in partnership with Scholastic. All thoughts are my own.*
If there is one thing I don’t need to worry about this summer with Lucian, my seven year old, is getting him to read. Thankfully he does that all on his own as often as he can. Warren, my six year old, however, needs a bit of encouragement. While he enjoys reading, he prefers to read with someone and will rarely pick up a book to read on his own. I’m excited to use the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge program with both of my boys this summer. This program is in its 8th year and is dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” and encouraging kids to read throughout the summer months.
With this fun program, 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!
Summer Reading Tools for Parents:
- Online summer reading program for kids: Parents can register their children grades K–8 (ages 4–14) for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge from now until September 5.Kids can log their reading minutes, win prizes and help set a new world record for summer reading. The goal is to beat last year’s summer reading world record of 176,438,473 minutes.
- Daily tips and prizes for parents: Scholastic Parents Facebook has a summer calendar app with expert tips, articles and activities. Every Friday, parents can enter for the chance to win Friday Freebies prizes, including great books for their kids.
- Chat live with moms on Google+: Join Teach Mama and No Time for Flashcards bloggers for a chat about ways to keep kids reading all summer on Thursday, June 19 at 9 PM ET.
- Track reading minutes with a mobile app: Parents can monitor their children’s progress and help their children enter reading minutes on-the-go with the free Scholastic Reading Timer app.
- 2014 summer booklists: Curated by Scholastic experts, these lists featuremore than 700 books for children in Pre-K–8, including this year’s “Reading Under the Stars”–themed list, which showcases books about space, stars and astronomy, as well as spooky stories to read by a campfire.
- Free book offer: Parents can receive a free Scholastic book by mail when they buy two specially marked packs of EVEREADY® Gold® batteries or EVEREADY® flashlights and redeem the package codes online. Visit eveready.com/reader to learn more.
My kids are already enjoying this fun online program. I sat with Lucian and he was immediately attracted to the constellations on the screen. When you roll your cursor over them, you can learn more about the constellation itself and interesting facts via text or video. Some are locked and need to be earned, and Lucian was really interested in unlocking them to learn even more.
The site is very easy to navigate and picking out a screen name was super fun. My boys both had a blast using the drop down menus to browse categories and options within to create a user name. Lucian chose KrakenHeart and Warren picked ZeusGhost, both of which are pretty cool names!
Logging minutes is super easy and straightforward. When you create your account you can choose to have a parent verify your school name if you are interested in helping your local school. We are looking forward to exploring the site even further. With plenty of games, books and videos, it is a fun site for my kids to explore!
- 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.
Follow Along via Social Media
- Like Scholastic Parents on Facebook
- Follow Scholastic on Twitter and Instagram
- Follow the Summer Reading Challenge Pinterest Board
- Like the Summer Reading Challenge YouTube Playlist
Watch for more about our experience with this program coming soon and our fun “Reading Under the Stars” party next month!