Every summer, at the beginning of June, we tromp down to our local library and sign up for the summer reading program.
And every summer, my kids come home spend five minutes or less reading and win things like Happy Meals and cheap toys I don't want.
500 Points = Camping Trip
1000 Points = Minnesota Zoo or Underwater World at the Mall of America
1500 Points = Visit a Waterpark
2000 Points = A Weekend Mini-Vacation
Each point is equal to 100 pages read for the older kids or one picture book for the younger kids. Bonus points are available for choosing something that mom chooses and also for taking book quizzes on Book Adventure. Only Kylee seems to have figured out that reading out loud to a younger sibling is also a good way to earn extra points since you get one point for reading the book and they get a point for listening.
I'd love to tell you that there has been a mad rush to earn points and read all summer long, but that would obviously (as seen above) not be true. That being said, they are reading a lot more than they normally read in the summer AND they are reading quite a bit better books than they normally do. (I can't be the only parent that dislikes those crazy graphic novels or pointlessly never ending series about training dragons?) Since they can only count a book once they are trying new things and reading much more variety than usual.
This system is a much better fit for both the kids and me.
How do you handle summer reading?
On a side note, that poster board might finally be meeting it's end. First it was a picture board at Siena's funeral, then our Heartprints board during Lent, and now our reading meter. Might be hitting the recycling bin soon!