Beat the Summer Slide with Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge


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It is official~ summer is here! My boy and I are destined to have an action packed season.  Swimming, hiking, camping plus moving and exploring a new area.  Summer is a time of almost constant motion.  But during this time of summer fun it’s important to soak up quiet moments with a good book.  Who am I kidding? I’m a book fanatic regardless of the season.  And I’ve unabashedly encouraged this passion with my children as well. Summer, fall, winter, or spring our home is always full of great books.  I might not be able to literally show my kids the world, but I can give them the world through a book.


(Summertime breakfast includes reading time!) 

If your kids are like mine, they are probably not working on homework for the next three months.  And that’s okay.  Kids need to have fun.  But it is important that their minds are enriched.  The easiest way to cover that issue? Reading, of course. During summer kids can slide down the academic scale. Providing quality books for your children to read or look at is a great way to diminish this slip. It’s a no-brainer. Sustained access to books children want to read will help increase the likelihood of academic success. 


 One easy way to help encourage the love of books this summer is to join a reading program.  Scholastic (the much beloved company dedicated to providing quality books for children) has created a Summer Reading Challenge.  This FREE online program is geared for kids, parents, and teachers.  Kids and parents can log reading minutes (download the reading timer app), take weekly challenges and earn online rewards, and check out reading resources.  My oldest son’s favorite part is a chance to take part in setting a new reading world record. From May 5th to September 5th kids/parents can log reading minutes to enter to win sweepstakes and ultimately help set a new record for summer reading minutes.  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! I anticipate this summer will bring about a new record! 

This year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme is “Reading Under the Stars” (powered by Eveready®).  I love the idea of creating an outside reading sanctuary. As a child I would frequently find a beautiful spot outside and dive into a good book. I’ll be encouraging my little guys to do the same. 

·         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


What books are you reading this summer? Have you started a summer reading program? 


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