Hi everyone! It's been a loooooooong time...keeping reading down for an explanation. I'm doing my best, I promise!
We are down to our last two weeks of school! Each year I check around for summer reading programs/incentives to copy and send home with my students. I honestly have no idea if they ever follow through and do any of them...but I'm hoping there might be just one kid who does so I keep doing it. Since my goal is to give students motivation to read over the summer, I am linking up for Joanne's Spark Student Motivation linky party at Head Over Heels for Teaching.
Here's what I have come up with so far. If you have found others, please leave the links! I live in Texas, so these places are applicable to my students.
Chuck E. Cheese
These rewards calendars from Chuck E. Cheese are always a favorite, at least it seems that way when I show them! They actually have all kinds of calendars that kids can fill out and get ten free tokens in return. They range from reading to brushing your teeth to doing your homework, etc.
Half Price Books
Kids who read at least 300 minutes during the months of June or July can get a $5 coupon to Half Price Books.
Barnes and Noble
Barnes and Noble has a summer reading program every year. The kids just have to fill out a reading journal showing that they have read eight books and then they get to choose from the selected free books.
Kids that read five books and register with Pizza Hut will have the opportunity to win prizes such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books and gift cards.
Pottery Barn is giving away a free book to kids who read all of the books on one of their book lists.
Check to see if your public library is offering a summer reading program. The Houston Public Library is actually giving aware tickets to the circus and the zoo for reading this summer.
Of course Scholastic has its summer reading challenge in which it tracks minutes read. The school with the most minutes gets a visit from an author I believe. This year's theme is Reading Under the Stars. Most of it is done online, but they do have a letter than can be sent home. My school is not registered, but it does say you can just register your class as well.
Also, don't forget about the one dollar books in the Scholastic Book Club catalogs! I always get one for each child to send home for the summer as a gift. If you've racked up points, you can get bunch for free!
If you know of any other reading incentives, please share!
So where have I been? I posted a couple months ago how I was pregnant and dealing with morning (haha) sickness. Fast forward and long story short, I am now 4 1/2 months pregnant and still dealing. Only it's not just morning sickness. I've been diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, which basically means the sickness doesn't end after the first trimester like most people. The inability to keep down food and constant vomiting leads to dehydration and severe weight loss. Most of you haven't actually seen me in person, but I have no weight to lose! Apparently it only occurs in 1-2% of pregnancies, so lucky me.
But, I have been fortunate enough to have a supportive doctor and excellent insurance. I've spent the last months receiving home health care. I had to be on IV's at home for a couple weeks. But now that's under control. I have a Zofran pump which I have to carry around with me as it gives me meds 24 hours a day. Inserting the needle is horrible, but I'm used to it now. I can still only hold down about ten kinds of food, have good days and bad days, but I am able to go to work now and function. I am looking forward to the end of school though because getting through the day is about all I can handle. If anyone has dealt with this, please email me as I'd love to chat!
Wednesday we get to find out the gender of the baby so I know it will all feel a little more real after that. Super excited!
So with school ending, I'd like to get back to blogging and creating. Doesn't make that much sense, but I know I'll be more rested and have the time.
Somehow my blog has almost reached 1,000 followers without me! So I'd like to start putting together a 1,000 follower celebration to take place as a entry back into blogging and to thank you all for all of your wonderful ideas. I may not have been in communication over the past couple of months, but I have still been reading and am in awe of all the amazing things going on.
If you'd like to donate a product, please fill out the Google doc here. Thank you for all your support!