14 May 2014

Reading..."In the Summertime"

Anyone else finish the song? It's one of my favorites, and it came out before I was even born! HA!

We have 5 days left! OH.EM.GEE! And 2 of those are early release days!

I've been busy getting portfolios ready for next year's teachers, filing papers, sending stuff home, cleaning, and so on. Why do I wait until the last minute to file all those papers? Gross.

In addition, I finished the last DRA for the year! Can I get an AMEN? I have a love-hate relationship with DRAs. I hate the amount of time they take, but I love what I learn about my students, and seeing all their growth. Eh, win some, lose some, right?

Anyway, as I finish the last DRAs for the year, I know that my students will regress a little over the summer, which is always a little heartbreaking, but it happens. While I send home information about continuing to read throughout the summer, and encourage my students to do so, the reality is that many of the won't.

Fortunately, I've found two things that really help motivate my sweets.

First, is Barnes & Nobles' Summer Reading Program. The coolest part? Students can exchange a reading log for a FREE book! It's super easy - students read ANY 8 books they want, and complete the Barnes & Noble reading journal available here. Students then go to any B&N, and turn in the reading journal for their free book from a selection (also listed on the reading journal)! Love it!

I send the link to parents, and send home a copy of the program info and reading journal.

The second program I love is Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge! This program is free and fun! Two of my faves! It's simple...students read and log their minutes online!

Anytime you go to the Summer Reading Challenge homepage, you're greeted by this beautiful image indicating how many minutes have been logged in the WORLD by students so far since May 5. My kiddos get a kick out of checking this regularly to see how the numbers change! 

Teachers sign their students up, and receive unique user names and passwords for each student. Once you send home the user names and passwords, students can start tracking their minutes. In addition, there's also a parent portal.

Perhaps one of our favorite aspects of this, is that you can see how your school ranks among other schools participating. For privacy reasons, I didn't want to have my school show up, but you can search by individual school and see exactly how many minutes the school has logged, along with their exact rank.

Free, simple, and fun! What's not to love about both of these reading programs!

I'd love to know if you know of any other programs to encourage reading throughout the summer, or if you use one of the programs I listed!

Happy Reading!

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