I wanted this post to be more than just a link to a Pinterest board I have been curating for a while now, so I figured I would give the link:
as well as talk a bit about why I enjoy reading challenges.
For the past two years I have participated in a year long reading challenge, I figured now would be a good time to post this (rather than waiting until December or January) because I know that some parents struggle with getting their kids to read over the summer.
My answer to this: Gameify that.
Gameify is not a word. What I’m saying is that if you make reading into a game, kids will be more motivated to do it, I know I am.
I went to Pinterest and looked at some of the challenges that teachers and parents have built, I encourage you to make your own based on themes, or genres, or your own kids interests. It can be self motivated, or a competition. The point of the challenge is not to be a homework assignment. You aren’t forcing them to write an essay at the end of the summer, you are just trying to get them to read as much, or as widely as possible.
I chose pop sugar as my yearly reading challenge because I felt it had the most interesting selection of challenges. They felt more varied and open to interpretation. Sure a challenge such as “Read and Espionage Thriller” is pretty straight forward but “Read a book set in a hotel” or “read a book with a cat on the cover” were very interesting challenges for me. It made the challenge fun, and helped me read outside of my comfort zone. I was a wide reader to begin with, but this helped me think about what I was reading in a bigger perspective as well as pick up books that I may otherwise pass by. I found great books that I loved this way. I recommend you try as well, with or without your kids.
This was a super short and sweet post but I wanted to put it out there.
Reading is fun, let’s make it even better!