This is a Scholastic sponsored post.
As summer approaches once again, I start to think about what my kids will do all summer. I’m not big on having a planned schedule and lesson time during the summer. I enjoy the lazy days and sleeping in too. But summer reading can be done at any time during the day, at camp or on vacation. That’s why we always have a summer reading challenge in place.
Setting Summer Reading Challenge Goals
This year, I’m asking my kids to set their own goals. I told them to think about how many minutes they think they can read each day. We will then multiply that by 5 days and by the number of weeks in the summer. Bam…they have a goal! I feel if they set the goal themselves, they are more likely to stick with it. They will keep track of their minutes with the printables from the Scholastic Summer Reading Resources.
Power Up & Read With Scholastic & Energizer®
Scholastic and Energizer® have partnered for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and the theme is “Power Up & Read.” They want to encourage kids to read during the summer. As your kids read and reach reading milestones, they unlock 12 original short stories. You can sign up your kids now and the challenge runs through September 4.
Energizer® Instant Win Game
Energizer® and Scholastic are also partnering to create the “Power the Possibilities” Instant Win game. Starting on May 4, 2015, you can buy any specially marked pack of Energizer® brand batteries to scratch for a chance to win one of thousands of prizes that will power discovery and learning for your kids.
You could win one of several prizes include a family trip to New York City, a Scholastic Study Corner Makeover, a tablet with Scholastic apps, a library of Scholastic books and more! Everyone who plays can also download free digital stories for their family.
Summer Reading Tips for Parents
Scholastic has created 6 videos with parenting expert, Maggie McGuire (VP of Scholastic Parents Channel – Scholastic.com) to give tips and book choices for all ages . These videos include tips for
- Find books that makes kids laugh
- Introduce kids to STEM and science through reading
- Ways to get crafty with your kid’s favorite summer reads
- Tips for reading-on-the-go during summer vacation
- Rainy day reading activities
Power Up & Read Parenting Tip: Reading on the go
We have several trips planned for our summer, so my kids will have to read while “on the go” often. Maggie has tips for reading while on the road.[intense_video video_type=”youtube” video_url=”https://youtu.be/2Y9lctGToJI”]
And Scholastic has several articles with more tips:
- 6 Tips for Taking Reading on the Road
- Reading Checklist: What to Bring for Reading Adventures
- Bring Books to Life: Take a Reading Field Trip
- The Benefits and Pleasures of Listening to Audio Books
You can download the printables in my picture above in the parents section of the Power Up & Read Summer Reading Challenge on the Scholastic website. Having a summer reading program in place before summer comes will make sure everyone is on the same page (pun intended!)
For More Information:
- Sign up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
- Find more Scholastic Resources to keep your kids reading all summer long!
- Learn more about the Energizer® Instant Win Game
- Follow @Scholastic on Twitter
- Like the Energizer® Bunny on Facebook
Disclosure: This is a Scholastic sponsored post. I received books and other compensation in exchange for my participation in this Scholastic Summer Reading campaign. All opinions are my own.
Be sure to check out my 2014 Summer Reading Challenge posts.