Summer reading motivation tricks

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Summer reading motivation tricks
Fri, 07-11-2003 - 7:40pm
Do you need to motivate your child to read in the summer? How do you do it?

We used to do the summer reading club at our local library. Rachel liked it, and it helped motivate her. Sam was annoyed by the whole thing, LOL! As I said in other posts, I don't need to motivate him to read, thank goodness. All I have to do is tell him no more TV/games today, and his nose is in a book. So, I let Sam stop the library book club 2 or 3 years ago, and Rachel continued with it. It motivated her to complete books to earn prizes and raffle tickets, and she liked the T-shirts.

We do have established reading time in our house. The kids come upstairs around 7:30-7:45, take turns showering and getting ready for bed, and then read until lights out around 8:45-9:00. The problem is, Rachel will end up asking to watch a few minutes of baseball (thanks, dh), helping dh stamp envelopes, try to chat with us, or she'll read her magazines, or some old books she's read a zillion times. She'll usually end up reading about 15 minutes or so. She likes it when she gets a book she loves, but it's a challenge finding those. Meanwhile, I have trouble getting Sam to brush his teeth, etc. before his nose is in his book! That's how he often ends up reading for more than 30 minutes, as I mentioned in another post.

Back to motivating Rachel... The last 2 years, Rachel didn't want to do the library club anymore, so I made up a prize list at home. Of course, this meant I had to do it for Sam, too! A certain number of books meant certain prizes. I think one year, I put prizes on slips of paper in a bag, and they could pick one. Last year, I posted what number of books meant what prize. I tried *not* to make them all food-oriented, but that seemed tough. I know I used an ice cream outing, a video rental, I can't remember what else.

This year, I'm not doing a prize program, and Rachel's not reading much :-( I was just going to get this going when Sherrie started posting about summer reading. (This is only our 3rd week out of school.) So... I think this year I'm just going to use the "you have to read at least 20 minutes at bedtime" rule, and *try* to find books she'll love and want to read. In the summer, I don't mind the magazines as much.

Do you need to motivate your kids to read in the summer? How do you do it? Rules? Incentives? Library book club?

Be sure to answer Sherrie's poll and her question about favorite books.

Happy Reading!

Janet, who just finished HP 5 and thoroughly enjoyed it!


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Mon, 07-14-2003 - 8:37am
Luckily, I don't have to make my kids read. They both have been doing summer reading programs at our libraries. Brooke has almost finished one of them and will get a t-shirt. Tel hasn't done so well with it because he's been reading larger books and it's more geard for kids who are reading several smaller books. The other one we do is over and they both completed it. Tel won a $50 savings bond in it and Brooke won an ice cream cone, these are in addition to the prizes just for completing their lists.

The rule around here is bed at 8pm read until 9, since they both have been reading that's been the rule. They both get a bit cranky if they don't get their reading time. Since they've been out of school it's read from 9-10. My kids go back to school in about a month, August 18.