I am SUPER-EXCITED to share this Summer Reading Challenge with all of YOU! My whole family loves to read and even though my son is 11, we still read EVERY night at bedtime! Of course, he usually reads to us, but we love sharing the adventures that come alive off the pages of our favorite books.
Many parents are concerned about the Summer Loss- the things kids may forget over the summer when they don’t step foot into a classroom for 10 weeks. But, the good news is that by participating in the Summer Reading Challenge, kids won’t lose any learning before the summer is over.
- Studies show that early and sustained summer learning opportunities improve academic outcomes for youth and lead to higher graduation rates and better preparation for college.
- Ensuring easy and continued access to books for summer reading is one potential strategy for addressing summer reading setback.
- 92% of kids say they are more likely to finish reading a book that they pick out themselves.
The 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is an exciting free, online reading program that motivates children to read throughout the summer, when school is out. Now in its 8th year, the program challenges kids (ages 5-14) to log their reading minutes, to earn fun rewards, and help a new world record for summer reading. Parents and teachers can register children (grades K-8) at scholastic.com/summer and children can log minutes now through September 5th, 2014.
This year’s Summer Reading theme is Reading Under the Stars, and is powered by EVEREADY®, the flashlight and household battery company, to encourage families to discover new and fun ways to explore reading outside this summer.
I’m so excited to share this Reading Challenge with YOU and your family!
What’s New for Kids for Summer 2014:
- Kids will read around the galaxy this summer! As they log their minutes online, constellations will light up and unlock fun facts.
- Common Core-aligned activities. Kids can earn virtual prizes when they complete reading quizzes, complex text challenges, word challenges, etc.
- New book lists, including a “Reading Under the Stars”-themed list with books about space, stars, astronomy, camping, wilderness, and spooky stories to read by a campfire.
- Monthly sweepstakes and bonus reading challenges
Here are some important dates to keep in mind:
· Every Monday, check Scholastic on Twitter for the #MondayMinutes. See the total number of minutes kids have read to date!
· Every Friday, follow the Scholastic Facebook calendar for Friday Freebies!
· Every Friday, check out the Summer Reading Challenge Pinterest Board for a new collage of summer books.
· Tune in to Facebook on June 21 for the Summer Solstice Facebook Chat for Parents
The campaign is a fun way to get kids excited about reading, and we hope you will join the program so all our kids can fall in love with books this summer.
Did you know: In 2013, Scholastic inspired more than 130,000 kids from 4,200 schools in all 50 states and 31 countries to set a new record for summer reading of 176 million-plus minutes!
Want an easy way to keep track of the minutes your child is reading? Get the Summer Reading Timer App!
Download the Reading Timer App
The Scholastic Reading Timer app encourages reading every day and most importantly, makes it fun! The app allows users to time reading minutes with an interactive stopwatch and track minutes on a weekly log. Plus, parents can check children’s reading activity in addition to browsing daily tips, articles and book lists.
We have the app on my iPhone. It’s so easy to enter minutes read each day. And, your child gets rewarded for each milestone they reach. It’s fun and a great incentive to KEEP READING!!
Like Scholastic Parents on Facebook
Follow the Summer Reading Challenge Pinterest Board
Like the Summer Reading Challenge YouTube Playlist
Reading Under the Stars Event!
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