Did you know that during the Summer your child can loss learning or reading skill that are cumulative, creating a wider gap each year between more proficient and less proficient students.
By the time a struggling reader reaches middle school, summer reading loss has accumulated to a two year lag in reading achievement.
For me my 13 year old son is who I also have had to push when it comes to reading and so since he was small (as well as his siblings) I make sure we get our reading in during the Summer but I make sure I make it fun for them all. Below are some of the challenges we will be doing to keep on track and also get some fun while doing it.
First off RUN to your Local Library with your kids because each year there is a fun Summer challenge where your kids usually will get a goodie bag
This Summer not only will we be signing them up again for the Barnes & Noble Reward program where if they read 3 books and journal about them you are able to earn a free book.
This program is only for kids going into grades 1-6 but I include my boys (let's see if my college bound kid will join this year Ha) and that offer still stands.
I don't know about you but my kids love to go play at Chuck E. Cheese and I found a program that will help with their other reading challenges. There is a print out and you can check off each day they read and when they reach 2 weeks straight of reading they can earn 10 free tokens!
My kids are actually excited about the next one as they will get actually money! TD Bank will give the kids $10 to be put into their saving accounts for reading 10 books. This one is for kids in grades from K-5 but I will be including my youngest son as well cause hey who wouldn't want some cash!
The last one that we will be doing this Summer is Scholastic because WHO do doesn't love their books and I know they bring me the most happiest memories when it comes to reading as well for my children. Your child will get rewarded as they go with cool goodies and even be able to earn free books!
I am so looking forward to actually joining my kids in the reading challenges as well I think I'll even treat myself little goodies as well as I admit I haven't read as I have wanted and maybe this is just what I need to.
Do you have Summer reading challenges w/your kids? I'd love to hear about them or if you sign up for one of these. YAY to Summer and to reading.