Do you worry about summer slide? According to Reading is Fundamental, “children who do not read over the summer will lose more than two months of reading achievement. Summer reading loss is cumulative. By the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer will be 2 years behind their classmates.”
We homeschool year-round because we don’t separate “learning” much from our daily life anymore, so we don’t worry about summer slide. We do, however, change up our schedule about every 6 weeks or so. Starting now, here are four summer reading challenges we plan to participate in. The kids love charting their progress and “winning” prizes. Join us!
1. Read any 8 books, record them in a journal you print from their website, bring the journal to a Barnes and Noble store between May 20th and September 2nd, and Barnes and Noble will give you a free book. Find more information here.
2. For TD Bank members, they’ll will give K-5th graders $10 if you complete their form (which you can get here), list 10 books your read, and bring it to a local TD Bank by August 31st.
3. Kids who read any 8 books from the Pottery Barn Kids recommended list by July 31st will receive a free book at participating retail stores. Our absolute favorite from their recommendations is What Sisters Do Best/What Brothers Do Best by Laura Numeroff and Lynn Munsinger, which is going for about 1 penny, used, right now on Amazon. One penny! We got it when JohnJohn was born and I find us coming back to it over and over because the kids just love flipping it around to read it forward and backward!
4. Scholastic is trying to set a new world record for summer reading minutes. Help them by reading and logging minutes between now and September 5th here. You can win books and other prizes as you go. Register here.