All four of our boys enjoy reading. However, we often find that summertime lends itself to a more flexible or on-the-go schedule which sometimes makes us forget about important activities like reading books (and combing hair).
Last summer we tried offering a fun reading challenge that worked amazingly well. Why wouldn’t it? There were rewards involved.
How did it work? We kept it simple. For every five hours each child read, they received a reward. These were inexpensive and sometimes even free. But they are rare treats for our kids – so they picked up a book frequently.
This summer, our three older boys will be gone more than they are home (mission trip, church camp, church camp, and church camp). During the few weeks they are home, they will be more than welcome to take part in this. However, it is our 10 year-old that is really diving in and taking the challenge.
I created a fun chart for Malachi – which he promptly put on the fridge. (Again, the other boys will take part too – they just don’t have enough weeks during the summer to warrant a chart.)
Here are some of the rewards we’re offering for 5 hours of reading time:
- Pick a movie from Redbox.
- Get an ice cream cone from Runza (89¢ – yes, I can handle that
- Pick something from the dollar store
- Go to Captain Red Beard’s with Mom (this is our local coffee shop)
- Lego surprise ($4.00 mini-figure) You wouldn’t believe how much this motivates Malachi to get to the 5th week of reading 5 hours (25 hours total).
- Choose a meal for Mom or Dad to make
- Choose a dessert for Mom or Dad to make
- Choose a board game (from our stash) for a family game night
If by chance Malachi reads more than five hours in a week, he will be allowed to move on to “the next week.” This chart is flexible because our summer is flexible.
I created two “open” charts for you to download, print, and fill in with rewards that will motivate your own kids if you like.
How do your kids do with reading in the summertime? Do they need extra motivation or do they naturally pick up a book and go for it?