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Solar Walk™ – Planets of the Solar System App – free for a limited time June 29, 2014

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Solar Walk™ – Planets of the Solar System on the App Store on iTunes.

This is award winning app is currently free to download. It is normally $2.99. It is a beautiful app with stunning graphics. It is an amazing 3D model of our solar system. There are lots of interactive features to explore and mini-movies to learn more about different planets and features of our solar system.

One of the best features of Solar Walk is that is sync’d with the time zone you are in. It will show to the proper position and orientation of Earth and the other planets relative to the sun.

Don’t miss out on this fabulous app which is a great addition to anyone studying astronomy especially homeschoolers.



Massive List of 2014 Summer Reading Programs

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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

This year’s Read Under the Stars Challenge invites students to help Read for the World Record. A free online program designed to motivate and excite your children around reading books this summer. The Summer Challenge is an easy and fun way for kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they earn rewards. You can also organize your local school group to read together to see how much your school reads together.

Book Adventure | Free Reading Program.
Sylvan’s Learning Centers. Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they have read, and earn prizes for their reading success. Program is on-going.

Summer Reading – Barnes & Noble.

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program: Imagination’s Destination is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing
and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:
1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in this Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Imagination’s Destination Journal. Be sure to let us know to whom you would recommend each book, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 20th and September 2nd, 2014.
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

Store Events | Pottery Barn Kids.

Summer is the perfect time to instill a love of reading in your child. From now through July 31st, read all the award-winning books on one of our recommended lists and qualify for fun prizes. Just a note, you don’t actually have to read this specific book list, I spoke with the staff last summer, and you can substitute books on the list for books that your child enjoys reading. It was a tough sell last year to get my son to read those mermaid, princess and ballerina books on last year’s list. You can find the summer reading list here:

Half Price Books – Feed Your Brain Summer Reading Program.

For kids 14 and under:

  1. Read for at least 15 minutes each day for a month. (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning.)
  2. Add up your minutes and have your parent or guardian initial each week.
  3. Once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your completed reading logto earn your $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks reading reward for the month.

We’ll award one top reader per age group each month with a TOP READER prize – a $20 HPB Gift Card!*

Reward Your Kid With Rewards Calendars | Chuck E. Cheese’s.

How about free tokens on their next visit to Chuck E. Cheese’s? Print out our free rewards calendar to get started.

Download and print out the calendar. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. Bring in the completed calendars to Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward. This is an on-going program that can be used to reward a wide variety of goals.

Soar with Reading – a joint project with JetBlue and Random House Children’s Books.

This is not a traditional summer reading program sponsored by Jet Blue. Your child gets an opportunity to help donate Magic Tree House books to needy children during each entry period. Your child will have to draw on their knowledge of geography and the clues given by Mary Pope Osborne to figure out where Jack and Annie are travelling for their next adventure. Each correct entry will be entered into a drawing for a free airline flight for two and hotel accommodations.

Make reading fun with our Summer Reading Program | TD Bank.
Hey kids in grades K-5, participating is easy:

 Read 10 books this summer.

  1. Print out the Summer Reading Form
  2. Write down the names of the books you’ve read
  3. Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
  4. Receive $10 in a new existing Young Saver account

    Random House | Junie B. Jones |.

    Even though this is not Junie B. Jones is not my cup of tea. Here’s an opportunity to get a free book.

    Sign up your child today for the Junie B. Jones Kids’ Reading Club! New Reading Club members will receive a FREE Starter Set* including Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus—the first book in the New York Times bestselling series—and a Junie B. checklist bookmark. Starter Sets available only while supplies last.

    Mensa For Kids.

    Earn a commemorative certificate in recognition of your outstanding achievement and get an Excellence in Reading T-shirt, too!
    The Mensa Foundation recognizes and encourages education, gifted youth and lifelong learning through programs like the Mensa for Kids Web site and other activities. To encourage the joy of reading, the Foundation has developed the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Award Program!


Fuel for School Free Books.

This is also not a traditional summer reading program, but a program to give away free books. You need to collect free book codes on specially marked packaged of Kellogg’s products. Go online to the linked website and enter your free book code and choose your free book. You can choose to donate the book to your school’s library or receive it to enjoy on your own.

Fizz, Boom, Save for College Promotion : ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

The Reading Makes Cent$ Promotion is open to legal residents of the State of California who are at least 18 years of age or older and are the parent or legal guardian of a California student of any age through grade 8 during the 2014-2015 school year and who is participating in a public library Summer reading program in the State of California. Enter the promotion by completing the entry form between  May 26 – August 4, 20143. Forms are available at your local library. Sponsored by the ScholarShare College Savings Plan.

Of local interest to San Diegans, your child can earn free admission to the San Diego Fair for reading 10 books. You can download a reading log here:

Homeschool Buyers Co-op: Homeschooling discounts, resources, and free curriculum..

This is a reading contest that is available to any member of Homeschool Buyers Co-0p. You don’t actually have to be a homeschooler to sign up for free membership with the co-op and purchase discounted curricula and materials. You can enter your child’s reading activity as frequently as every day. You get one entry for every one of reading your child completes until September 2nd. There are weekly drawings for different prizes like an Amazon gift certificate, and for a grand prize of a brand new iPad Air.

Always, sign up for your local library reading programs. Happy reading this summer with your kids!


P.S. If you are at a loss for picking good books for your kids to read, check out my blog about Good Literature here:


80 Phonics readers – Free for a very limited time!

Filed under: Apps,Book Apps,Early Elementary,Homeschooling,Kids — lifeatwarpspeed @ 8:51 am
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There is a huge iBook giveaway from Francis Morgan & Josephine Lai of their 80 early phonics readers. This giveaway will not last long so start downloading as soon as you see this post since each iBook has to be purchased individually.

Books 1-52 here:

Bookes 53-80 here:




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