Friday, June 3, 2011

DIY Summer Reading Program

Now that L is reading independently, we're making a point to sign him up for all the summer reading programs offered by local bookstores and the library. We want to really encourage him to read, read, read this summer.

We decided he might need a little extra motivation, though, so we've come up with our own "Summer Reading Program."

I printed a reading log from Book It to track how many minutes he reads every day. We've set a fairly ambitious goal, (for a newish reader, anyway,) but at the end of the summer, if he meets it, he'll get to pick out a Wii or DS game of his choice. (L eats, sleeps, and breathes video games right now. For your kiddo, it might be new Polly Pockets or Lego.)

If you're not opposed to um, external motivation, (some would say bribery,) I think this is a fine way to get a new or reluctant reader excited about reading. My hope, (and expectation,) is that by the end of the summer, he'll realize that reading is not really work, but fun.

1 comment:

  1. that is great I challenge my oldest to pick 2 series of books and read them all she picked Percy Jackson and another I can't remember at the moment. right before school if she finishes she gets to go to build a bear.

    for my youngest we are reading all the books by certain authors. Then she gets a build a bear too :)

    going to print off the reading log :)