Reading is a skill that will make you successful throughout your entire life. I strongly believe that while summer is a time to let kids be kids, they still need to be strongly encouraged to continue practicing the skills that had learned during the school year! I know that sounds easier than when done. For that reason, I am scouring the web to find activities, contests, challenges, and good books to encourage positive involvement from your children!
Why not make it fun!
Here is one summer reading challenge that you can register for and try!
Parents if you create an account on http://www.memetales.com/ and register you will have access to numerous tools to help make reading time fun time. The tools include a digital library of books that you can browse, your own collection of digital books, and the opportunity to publish stories. You can read the books on your computer at home or download an app to read on your smart phone.
Currently, the on memetales blog site (http://blog.memetales.com/2012/06/how-do-i-participate-in-readathon-201), more detailed instructions are given on how to participate. During the contest, each child will have six weeks of reading challenge. The will be required to read books about a given theme. They are also encouraged to share details, and thoughts about the book with their friends. Hopefully, they will even share the book! When the six week time period is completed they will earn a sticker for their hard work and completion!
(Great incentive to get that reading done!)
Upon the completion, children will earn a Grand Certificate where all stickers earned can be pasted onto and proudly displayed!
Please comment back if you plan to try the challenge and let us know how it is working in your home! Also, please share and ideas, comments, questions, and/or suggestions that you may have! Let us know what works!