Summer Reading Programs?

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Summer Reading Programs?
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Wed, 07-02-2008 - 7:48pm

How are you kids doing with the summer reading programs?

How many books or hours do they have to read?

Are there any cool prizes or is everything pretty low key?

How many reading programs do you have them signed up for? Do you make them read different books for each one?

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Registered: 06-29-2001
Thu, 07-03-2008 - 8:20am

The libraries have summer reading programs but we don't bother doing them anymore.

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Registered: 06-15-2007
Thu, 07-03-2008 - 2:44pm
Our local children's librarian came to the schools during the next-to-the-last week of school and pitched the summer reading program; DS came home *very* excited about it, and we went and signed up right away. He read a few short books for the different categories, and then... we went on vacation. A week away, then he had Cub Scout camp, and now -- no interest in the summer reading program anymore. I am trying. This seems to happen every year; wish there was a way to keep him enthused about it.
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Fri, 07-04-2008 - 2:42pm

We do it. Our local one has a couple of cool prizes that the kids reach as they go along. That helps to keep them motivated. About half-way through they get a coupon for a free personal pizza from Round Table. Then at the end they get to pick out a free book. Last year they had Harry Potter books among the choices. The rest of the prizes are things like stickers, finger puppets, pencils, bookmarkets, etc. They reach a prize after every 6 hours of reading.

We are also doing the Barnes and Noble's book program. Philip is almost done with it. I think he's read all the books he needs, he just hasn't finished filling out the form.

Both my kids love to read and like to finish the reading program before we go on our summer vacation. Last year I was able to keep them motivated the rest of the summer by having our own family reading program. I kept track of it on the calendar and if they read a minimum of 20 minutes daily they got a "prize". Lindsay's was Dora stickers, while Philip wanted credit towards books. My gf has told her son (9) that the amount of time he gets to play on the Gamecube is tied to how much reading he does. If he reads for 20 minutes he gets 20 minutes of game time that day.

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