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Preschool Corner: Summer Reading Challenge

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One of the things that I love to do is read…and I hoping that each of our children have that same love for reading instilled in them. During the school year we have the books that we read for our ‘school time’ but we try to encourage the kids to read when it isn’t required of them.

And for those who can’t read yet, we read to them…or encourage siblings to read to them.

Our local library and bookstore both run some great incentive programs for children during the summer months, but we try to keep the momentum going all year round with reading charts. We use these charts for our oldest right down to the youngest.

  Spring Reading Challenge Summer Reading Challenge

 fall reading Chart  winter reading chart

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The goal is to read 75 books during that ‘season’ ~ spring, summer, fall, and winter. The prize? It can be anything we want it to be ~ a camping trip, a trip to the Dollar Tree, maybe a new movie that is in the theatres {because that is really a special treat!}. One bar is marked off for each book that the kids read {chapter books over 60 pages count as 2 books for us}. I write the name of the book in each bar and the kids color them in.

Really, it’s a win/win situation.

At some point during our school year I stopped reading aloud to the kids at lunchtime…and that is something that we are putting back into our day. I miss it and they do too! Captive audiences with their mouths full {and unable to talk} are lovely! During this time we read more advanced books ~ ones Laurianna might be able to read, but we’re exposing the kids to different literature…and they LOVE it!

I’ve included a carousel below of some of the books that we’re reading right now {My Father’s Dragon is our current table-read} and a few that are on our list for the summer. What read-alouds have your kids enjoyed? I’d love to have a few more to add to my list too!

Stories & Books on our ‘Read-Aloud’ List

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