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My kid is finally out of school. Time for long days of chilling out, going to the beach, picnics at the park and reading. Lots of reading. It will be my first Summer dealing with “Summer Learning Loss,” aka “Summer Slide,” and I am determined to keep his reading level up to par so he is prepared for first grade come August. That’s why we signed up for Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge.
Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge is powered by Eveready and is a FREE online program for children by Scholastic where you can log your reading minutes and help set a new reading world record for summer 2014!
To sign up, simply visit Scholastic.com/Summer and fill out all the required info. The kids will get a kick out of creating their screen name from any of the categories listed. Mine chose the name of a weather element and the name of an animal. Once we logged in, we were able to choose his school to link his account to. Then – we were ready to explore the site together!
When your kid logs in, they’ll see a reading log with the amount of minutes they’ve read this week, weekly challenges (this week, ours was reading 130 minutes this week), and then badges and digital awards are also on the page. It’s fun for them to see their progress as the Summer goes along.
As a parent, I discovered that the best way to track their reading minutes is using the Scholastic Reading Timer. The Scholastic Reading Timer 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. Best part? It’s FREE and available in the App Store and Google Play.
Kids and parents each have their own logins. As a parent, you’ll have access to resources that will help the whole family get involved in the Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is, “Reading Under the Stars” and so it’s a fun way to also get science and astronomy involved too. Kids will unlock constellations and learn fun facts about space as they reach reading milestones every week.
Scholastic also offers a content calendar with a new idea every day! Before you know it, it will become second nature to think about how you can sneak in a few minutes of reading every day, learn something new, and really get the whole family involved in this challenge. Though it’s meant for kids ages 4 and 14, it can easily be applied to kids that are read to, and even teenagers.
I’ll be hosting our familia for a “Reading Under the Stars” gathering to kick off the challenge. Meanwhile, we’ll be dipping into the challenge now to get the hang of it and earn some prizes. I hope you’ll join us this Summer and help us beat the 2013 Read for the World Record.
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This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and ideas remain my own.