The other night, I awoke to a noise on the other side of the house. It was 2:00am and I just KNEW it couldn’t be one of my kids rummaging through the pantry for a snack. I mean. Really, what kid in their right mind would EVER do that? Instead, I found my 7-yr-old daughter, sitting in the middle of the floor of our office/media room, entrenched in all that is going on in The Babysitters Club.
Yes, my child is all about the Summer Reading and I think it’s, mainly, due to her competitive drive. She just HAS to read more books than her brother. She just HAS to earn more AR points. She just HAS to know if Kristy’s parents will EVER let her babysit! Oh the drama. After seeing her up so late reading, I couldn’t help but giggle. Then I kissed her on her forehead and made her promise not to stay up too much later. She’s just so excited about the Summer Reading Challenge issued by PBS Kids and iVillage. Have you signed up yet?
The iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge begins June 6 and features free literacy-building resources for parents and children designed by the experts at PBS Parents and PBS KIDS. Challenge Coach, Angela Santomero, Creator, Executive Producer and Head Writer of SUPER WHY!, will provide daily reading activity assignments, answer parent questions and offer advice throughout the online event. Guest coaches such as cast members, characters, authors and series creators from PBS KIDS will also provide activities and ideas each week. PBS KIDS will also offer other summer literacy resources on-air and online, with themed weeks airing on PBS KIDS, as well as online tips and resources for parents to use with their children this summer. For more summer reading resources, check out PBSParents.org/read.
Thanks to PBS Kids and iVillage, we kicked off our Summer with a Summer Reading Party. We gathered our friends, rolled out lots of goodies such as books, bookmarks, Cat in the Hat Tattoos, and EVEN worked together in a GIGANTIC Mad Libs page. It was a lot of fun and next week, I’ll bring you all the details!
For, now I’d like to encourage you guys to take the Summer Reading Challenge with iVillage and PBS Kids. It’s a great way to get the kids excited about reading and have fun while working on your Summer Reading List. In fact, my kids are so excited that they asked if we could host a book swap in July!
Book Swap for Kids:
This doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Gather your kids, their friends, and even the neighbors. Ask each person to bring a book to swap. Each child will have a chance to go home with a new book to read without costing a dime. Another thing we like to do is have kids bring old books they don’t read anymore. We then, donate a big stack at the end of the Summer to an area charity, library, church, or school of choice.
So, what are you doing to keep the kids excited about reading over the Summer? Have you joined a Summer Reading Program? With the help of iVillage, PBS Kids, Carson Dellosa, and Sunstar GUM, we’ve got LOTS of great ideas for you all Summer Long.
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