Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ADDled's Summer Reading Incentives

Happy summer, dear readers!

Technically, I realize we have a few weeks before summer commences, but here at Casa de Chaos the kids are out of school and running up and down the street with abandon.  They have friends with them, so it's not just random running.

I like to keep things fairly loose in the summer until I leave for my last graduate residency and put their the kids' butts in camp for three weeks.  That is not to say I don't instill some structure into our daily lives because at this juncture in my ADD life I appreciate the benefits of routine and guidelines.

For this purpose, and to help motivate my children to read more during their down time, I created a Summer Reading incentive program.  My kids usually participate in the public library Summer Reading program, but I wanted to step up the game and make the prizes worth the effort.

Here is what I came up with:

With apologies to illustrator extraordinaire, Bret Helquist.
This illustration is copyrighted.  Please do NOT copy this image!!

So far, I'm happy to report, this program is working!  A week ago my son (age 7) pleaded with me to read with him, meaning he'd read a page/I'd read a page.  Now, exactly a week later, he has read 3 books, one of which he independently read with just a little help on multi-syllable words.  My daughter bought the Roald Dahl classic Matilda at a yard sale 4 days ago and has finished it!  I had to ask her to leave it in the car while we enjoyed our ice cream outing in celebration of my son's first two books.

A few friends have asked me to share the Summer Reading Book Log so I have created a blank log for you to download and customize.  For instance, I have listed several field trip options for my kids that are only pertinent in my hometown.  You can create your own incentives.  Your kids like going roller skating more than ice cream?  Write that in as an incentive for reading 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 books.  You can also add your child's name to the top of the page in whatever font and color you would like and find an image to add to the top.  Perhaps a photo of your child!

To download a blank copy of my Summer Reading Book Log as a Word file, click here.

Please note that when you download the form you'll need to edit the size, style, and color of the fonts.  Also, you may need to delete some of the formatting.  I can't figure out why this version of the document lists "top of the page."  If one of you is better at technology than me, please advise me!!

I'd love to hear if you decide to implement this incentive program with your kids, so please leave me a comment.

Happy reading!