Just because school is out for the summer doesn't mean that the learning has to end. Reading during summer break provides for a variety of benefits including enhancing their vocabulary and comprehension, developing speech, as well as helping to maintain their reading level or even further it for when they return to school. I have come across some amazing free reading programs your kids can participate in over the summer. You can also check with your local library as this can be another great resource that often offers a free summer reading program in addition to a wealth of great books all summer long!
Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge - The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge goes from May 4 - September 4, 2015 and offers the option for either kids, parents, or educators to sign up to participate. When kids sign up they will log their minutes they read, unlock stories along the way, and even earn rewards! Parents can sign up as well to help their child get started. They then get access to helpful book lists, fun activities, and tips. Parents can also find out how to enter for weekly prizes!
Book Adventure - Book Adventure is a reading program for grades K-8. To participate kids search the Book Adventure website for titles they are interested in, read them offline, and then they return to participate in fun quizzes based on what they've read. Kids get to earn prizes based on the success of their reading!
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading - Kids can earn a free book through Barnes and Noble this summer! All your child has to do is read 8 books and then record them in the PDF reading journal that you can print from their website. Then bring the printed reading journal into any Barnes and Noble bookstore and your child can choose a free book from their predetermined selection of titles.
Book It! Summer Reading Challenge with Wimpy Kid - Starting June 22, 2015 Book It! is teaming up with Wimpy Kid to create an exciting summer reading challenge to get kids excited about reading over the summer! How are they going to do this? This will be an interactive online reading program and it is aimed at children in grades K-6. Children will get to chat with the characters from Wimpy Kid, participate in fun activities, share their daily reading minutes, and best of all have a chance to win some really cool prizes if they meet their goal of reading five books!