Summer Reading for Early Readers made fun with these three great tips! Don’t miss #1!
One more week…. I feel like I’m as excited about school getting out as the kids. I’m so looking forward to sleeping in and pool days. Well, at least when I’m not working. Where’s my summer break? 😉
We have lots of fun in store – beach trips, summer camp, lot of play time lined up. It’s also important to me, however, to make sure that we don’t lose the momentum from the school year. Will is just now beginning to develop an interest in letter recognition and Graham, well, he’s just a little chapter book monster.
Therefore, this summer, we plan to institute the Summer Reading Hour. My kids understand rules and routines; we already have the Minecraft hour (from 5-6 so I while I get dinner ready). Plus, I have a feeling my nanny will really appreciate a little hour of calm during the afternoon!
Now before you start calling me the Debbie Downer of Summer Vacations, allow me to show you how we plan to makes Summer Reading FUN!
First up, we discovered Disney Store Central, available for download on iTunes, and LOVE it. Disney Story Central is the largest collection of Disney digital stories, with books for my kids’ various reading levels and a huge catalog searchable by character. I went in and created my account, which comes with a few free books which you can access via the website or on the iPad/iPhone.
Books can be purchased a la carte with tokens which work like currency or you have the option to purchase a subscription plan. The subscription service gives kids unlimited access to Disney Story Central’s ever-growing library of books for $7.99 a month.
With one account you can create profiles for different readers and assign tokens to each so that they may select books. Graham picked a Phineas and Ferb Level 3 Reader, and Will picked a Big Hero 6 Storybook, naturally.
My kids also love that as they read various books, they are awarded with badges and trophies through the app. Kind of like Foursquare…
The Public Library
Our Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library has a great summer reading program. Sign up by June 15, and begin recording your child’s reading hours (which will be easy to do with an app like Disney Store Central!). When you reach 10 hours and 20 hours, go to the library to collect a prize. Read 25 hours, and you can help the Library donate books to a local agency serving children in need. The final day to collect prizes is August 22, 2015. Prizes are available while supplies last.
They also have a great summer reading list broken down by age group. Check it out here.
Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program
Barnes & Noble has a fun summer reading program that encourages children to read this summer. First up, download this PDF. Then begin to record the books your child reads. After you’ve recorded 8 books in your reading journal, bring your record in to your local Barnes & Noble Store. Your child will then be able to select a FREE book from their summer reading selection!
Now, go check out Disney Store Central and download the app! Which books are your kids most excited to get?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.