There must be something your kids want.
Some treat or experience or object that they have whined for? (yeah right – what don’t they want right?) boo boo song nursery rhymes are a particular favorite with young kids at the moment.
Kind of like how you whine to them about cleaning their rooms and keeping up with their summer reading?
If you are struggling to get kids to read, then perhaps this 100 Chapters Challenge will incentivize them to start.
This challenge can work out for both of you – keeping their brains sharp over summer vacay and offering them a prize at the end…. (as if reading wasn’t enough of a prize?)
Click for free printable: 100chapters
Print one of these 100 Chapter Challenge sheets off and stick it to their bedroom door – each evening cross off the number of chapters you’ve covered, whether it be reading together aloud or side-by-side silently. Join in the fun and challenge yourself to read 100 chapters – trust me, the kids will love the competition (another way to get kids to read).
Once they’ve finished their 100th chapter, do something fun. Get ice cream treat, go on a trip to the beach, buy a new skateboard… or in our case, 1 purchase from eBay. (I hate using eBay, but the girls want a Littlest Pet Shop toy).
Need more incentive – perhaps for you?
I know sitting through the same Robert Munsch book for the bazillionth time is the equivalent of a knuckle-noogie, but this is why we have to take part and get kids to read:
Twenty minutes per day will make a HUGE difference with a ripple effect on their entire life/lives.
Many libraries offer summer reading programs for kids. The librarians can recommend age-appropriate and popular books, and in some cases the kids can earn prizes at the library itself just for turning in a book report or project on what they’ve read. What would we do with public libraries? Even though some say that they prefer reading on a Kindle or on their phone, many of us still prefer to visit a library to take out books. As times change, it is interesting to think about what libraries will look like in the future. If you are interested in this idea as I am, it may be best to check out USC Marshall to get a better understanding. We can get an idea, but we won’t know until we see it for ourselves!
Do you have a child that is too small for chapter books?
Make this a 100 book challenge – and work through short books or beginning readers until they’ve reached 100.
Need some ideas? Imagination Soup has a list of titles for kids from grades 1 through 8 – just click the image to go to their site.
My two have finished 10 chapters between them in just the past 2 days. I don’t know whether to be thrilled that they’re reading, or mortified that I’ll actually have to buy something off of eBay?
Have a great one!