Summer Reading Challenges
My daughter learned SO MUCH in kindergarten last year it’s almost a little scary. So now I want to help keep her reading skills sharp over the summer. And I’d love to get my 4-year-old son a little more interested in books (lots of dinosaurs in our house, y’all). So to guard against the Summer Slide (or Summer Brain Drain), we’re doing every Summer Reading Program we can find. I thought I’d share them with you mommas too, so we can all work to keep those squishy little brains sharp over the summer.
Frisco Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge - This one is simple and straightforward because you get to keep track of reading minutes online. So easy- I love it! Just register your kiddo(s) and start logging some minutes. If they reach 600 minutes by the end of summer (August 14), they’ll get a swag bag full of coupons and tickets for things like Chick-fil-A, Andy’s Frozen Custard, and Main Event. It’s a winner every summer! Also be sure to try a few of the library’s Maker Kits that will give your kids a fun, technological brain challenge.
Plano Library Summer Reading Challenge - Did you know that Frisco residents get reciprocal membership at Plano public libraries? If you haven’t already, register online for your Plano library card and start enjoying all the library programming Plano offers (it’s a lot!). Then print out their summer reading log and Summer Learning Challenges checklist and have your kids complete them so they can attend the Big Bang Bash at the end of the summer. Also take home a couple PlayAway Bookpacks (an iPod-type device pre-loaded with audiobooks; Bookpacks include the paper books so kids can follow along) or PlayAway Launchpads (iPad-type device pre-loaded with content curated to a certain theme or subject). My kids love these!
Half-Price Books Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program - This is another easy one! Simply fill out the printable reading log, one for June and one for July, complete the required amount of reading, and your kids will receive up to $10 Bookworm Bucks ($5 for each month) to spend on anything in-store.
Barnes & Noble Book Your Summer - For kids 1st-6th grade, complete the Summer Reading Journal and return it to Barnes & Noble for a free book! For the littles, preschool-kindergarten, attend four summer storytime events and complete a Storytime Passport for a free book.
Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards - This isn’t only a summer reading program, it’s a year-round program! Once your kids reads every day in a row for two weeks, take the completed rewards calendar to Chuck E. Cheese for 10 free game tokens. (Side note: Chuck E. Cheese has reward calendars for EVERYTHING you may need some positive reinforcement for- potty training, obedience, general good behavior, pet care, etc. Be sure to check out their other reward charts while you’re printing the reading log!)
Summer road trips or flights are great times to get your kids’ brains back in the game. And I have a rule that mine have to read for a certain amount of time before they get any screen time. If you’re stumped for fresh picks, be on the lookout for an upcoming special post where I interview a dear friend who is an amazing momma, avid reader, and former middle school teacher, about her kids’ favorite books for the summer. I think you’ll love Shelby’s Summer Selections as much as I do. Happy summer reading!