Every June I find myself desperate for that last day of school, when I can finally breathe a sigh of relief and no longer have to be dressed and out before 7am. That lasts for about 3.8 seconds before I start worrying about how I will keep three kids entertained all day long and keep them at least as smart as they were when they left the school in August. Teachers talk a lot about the summer slide – it’s what happens when kids (or adults) don’t keep practicing at something… we get less good at it. Remember how it felt the first time your third grader pulled out their math homework? Even though I’m an intelligent person who makes smart choices and balances a mean budget I was suddenly overwhelmed by elementary school math. It took me a few days to finally become confident enough to help my son without double checking my own answers. Over the summer children experience the same thing. When they’re not actively practicing their math and reading skills they begin to lose proficiency in them. Teachers hate the summer slide because it means they have to spend the first few weeks of school going over last year’s work and getting everyone back up to speed, rather than diving right into this year’s work. I’ve compiled this 2015 Summer Reading Challenge list to provide you with a host of exciting programs, activities and resources to make reading a little more fun this summer.
Since J is very prone to the summer slide – especially in reading – I have to be very proactive about coming up with a solid plan before school ends. Once he gets into the habit of skipping his daily reading it’s very hard to get him back on track. We utilize almost every one of these programs as well as other tools like our Free Printable Screen Time Charts to encourage him to read for at least 20 minutes daily.
2015 Summer Reading Programs:
Scholastic Summer Reading Program – Log books, unlock rewards and help create a new world record!
Barnes & Nobles Summer Reading Challenge – print and fill out the reading log, then turn it in at a Barnes and Noble store and your child can choose a free book from the B&N summer reading list!
Chuck E Cheese Reading Rewards – Fill out the printable chart and get 10 free tokens at any Chuck E Cheese! This website has charts for other activities as well. All can be printed and redeemed for tokens by your child!
TD Bank Summer Reading Program – Your child will receive $10 in a young savers account for reading 10 books this summer! Just print the chart, fill it out and bring it to any TD Bank. Grades K-5.
Pizza Hut’s Book It Summer Reading Challenge – Pizza Hut is challenging the summer slide by offering daily rewards and chances to win big with their Book It summer reading challenge. Sign up and log your child’s books to win!
Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays – Children recieve free admission to Bookworm Wednesday movies when they hand in a completed book report. Print the report and see the what’s showing on the Showcase Cinema’s website!
New York Public Library Summer Reading – print reading logs and book lists, plus join the party and kick off your child’s summer reading with a celebration at a NYPL! Plus, don’t forget to check out all of the programs and events your local library offers!
Need some reading inspiration?
Print grade level reading lists from the American Library Association.
Download the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Lists by age.
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How do you encourage your kids to read all summer long, while keeping reading fun?