Summer Blog Party Kick Off Hop

Hi all!  Hopefully you are on summer vacation and are busy relaxing.  If not, I hope you will be soon.  I am enjoying time with my little princess and now that she is almost 8 months old, she actually naps more than 20 minutes at a time (sometimes anyway...) so hopefully I can get back on the blogging ball.

I am linking up today with The Reading Crew (literacy bloggers) for our Summer Blog Party kick off.  Today's posts are all about preventing the summer slide with some freebies thrown in.  For the rest of the summer, we will be hosting literacy themed link ups on Wednesdays so be sure to check back!  You can find details and images for future link ups here if you'd like to join in.

I created a calendar of simple reading and writing activities for students to do during the summer.  I used to send something similar home with my students before summer along with a notebook and would have a little gift prepared for those who completed them and showed me once school began again in the fall. Sometimes kids need some extra motivation, a goal to reach, or just something a little different to keep their interest.  These calendars are perfect to print out, post on your fridge, and visit each day just to mix things up a bit.  You can download them here from Google docs or by clicking on the images below.

I also wanted to share about some summer reading programs available from local retailers.  
Again, these types of things work well for kids who need some extra motivation or incentive to read.  Or as rewards for kids who are reading anyway.
Barnes and Noble has a program every summer.  After reading 8 books, students are rewarded with a book of their choice from a small list.
Chuck E. Cheese offers reward calendars for a whole bunch of different things, such as reading, homework, cleaning your room, brushing your teeth, etc.  Children who complete a calendar are provided with 10 free tokens. 
If students complete a reading calendar and bring it to Half Price Books, they will receive Bookworm Bucks to use towards a purchase in the store.
Pizza Hut is hosting a reading challenge as well.  It doesn't start until June 22nd though, so there aren't really any details on the site yet.  It does appear that it will be entirely online.
If you live in Texas, then you know of HEB.  If kids read 10 books and submit the reading log, then they receive  free t-shirt.

TD Bank North is again offering a $10 deposit into a child's savings account for reading 10 books this summer.
Scholastic is also hosting an online reading challenge.  Your child may have received information about how to participate through his/her school or teacher, but if not parents can still register their children themselves.  There are also lots of resources available for parents, such as printable awards, reading logs, and book lists.

Have you discovered any other summer reading incentives?  Please let me know!

Click below to visit Literacy Matters and continue along the hop.  Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin' and enter the rafflecopter for two $25 TpT gift certificates at the end of the hop.  Check back each Wednesday this summer for literacy themed link ups from The Reading Crew.  Get more info here if you'd like to join in.
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  1. LOVE THE CALENDAR! Thank you!

  2. I love your calendar! Thank you! What a great resource. :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  3. I am so glad you mentioned all of the local retailers. Barnes and Noble so graciously gives a free book if kids read five I believe. There is not one thing wrong with incentives to reward hard work. We get paid right?? Thanks so much for joining in and sharing your great calendars!

  4. Hi. You have some great ideas. I love the calendars filled with activities.
    That Literacy Blog

  5. So many great things for kids to do with all the retailers! And your reading calendar ideas, awesome!

  6. I can't wait to try that calendar out with my son. Thank you!

  7. My boys will love the fun ideas on the calendars! They are doing the summer reading program at our local library, but I enjoyed reading about the different retailers who are hosting programs. Thanks so much!

  8. Thank you so much, Jessica. My granddaughter will love the calendar.

  9. I love the summer calendars for promoting literacy throughout the summer! I sent these home with my students for the summer. Thank you! :)


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