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Summer Reading Programs 2017 May 30, 2017

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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s Happy Camper: Take a Reading Adventure invites students to join a free online program designed to motivate and excite your children around reading books this summer. There are special books to unlock and rewards to earn as you bank your minutes. 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.
BNSummer2017Summer Reading – Barnes & Noble
. The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program for 1st through 6th graders is here to help encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps: 1. Read 8 books and record them in your Reading Journal. 2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 17th  and September 5th, 2017. 3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal. 

BookMillion2017Books-A-Million is sponsoring a Summer Reading Challenge. They are giving away a free Maze Runner water bottle to students who read 4 books from their selected book list. You must complete and turn in a signed reading journal in person at their bookstore.

HEB2017H.E.B. Grocery Stores is sponsoring the H.E. Buddy Reading Program. Students need to read 10 books and record it on their reading log to earn a free T-Shirt. Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2017.
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 log to earn your $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks reading reward for the month. This is only good for June and July 2017 only. Bookworm bucks expire September 1st.

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

 

ChuckECheese2017Reward Your Kid With Rewards Calendars How about earning free tokens on their next visit to Chuck E. Cheese’s? Print out a free rewards calendar to get started. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. Bring in the completed calendars to your local Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward. You can do this as many times as you like before 12/31/17, but only one chart may be redeemed per child per day.

lifeway2017LifeWay’s national summer reading program helps promote the love of reading books as well as encouraging the love of God’s word through reading his Scripture.

Source: LifeWay R.E.A.D. – Summer Reading Program for Kids – LifeWay

Lifeway is a chain of Christian bookstores. If you have one near you, your child can participate in their program which runs from June 1 – August 31 for students in 1st to 6th grade. Read six books and memorize six Bible verses. Complete the downloadable reading journal and turn it in at your local store for a free book and Bible.

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

This is not a traditional summer reading program in terms of earning books or prizes. 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. (this year’s contest will launch 6/27)

Make reading fun with our Summer Reading Program | TD Bank.

Hey kids in grades K-5, participating is easy:

 Read 10 books this summer.

  • Print out the summer reading form.
  • Write down the names of the books you’ve read
  • Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
  • Receive $10 in a new existing Young Saver account

Excellence in Reading – 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! Read and earn a free t-shirt and award certificate. This is a year-round program.

sync2017Sync is offering a summer audio reading program just for teens. Students 13+ get two free audio books per week all summer long.

San DiegoFair2017Of local interest to San Diegans, your child can earn free admission to the San Diego Fair by reading 10 books. You can download a reading log here.

For Homeschoolers:

Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program. Pizza Hut has a homeschool reading rewards program that allows you to participate in a reading rewards program. Enroll here for your K-6 (5 to 12 years old) students.

HSBC2017Homeschool Buyers Co-op has summer reading program that gives each participating student a chance to win for every hour read. You may also count listening to audio books or time you spent reading to your child. You must log in your daily reading on the Reading Champions to earn your chances to win prizes from the Community Treasure Chest. The program runs from June 1st to September 1st.

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

L@WS

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: http://wp.me/p1M41l-XW

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Summer Reading Programs 2016 May 10, 2016

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Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s Be a Hero and Read 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. There are special books to unlock and rewards to earn as you bank your minutes. 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 Triathlon is here to help encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps: 1. Choose 3 of the 4 listed activities and record your answer in your Reading Journal. 2. Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 17th  and September 6th, 2016. 3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal. 

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 log to earn your $5 HPB Bookworm Bucks reading reward for the month. This is only good for June and July 2016 only. Bookworm bucks expire September 1st.

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 How about earning free tokens on their next visit to Chuck E. Cheese’s? Print out a free rewards calendar to get started. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. Bring in the completed calendars to your local Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward. You can do this as many times as you like before 12/31/16, but only one chart may be redeemed per child per day.

LifeWay’s national summer reading program helps promote the love of reading books as well as encouraging the love of God’s word through reading his Scripture.

Source: LifeWay R.E.A.D. – Summer Reading Program for Kids – LifeWay

Lifeway is a chain of Christian bookstores. If you have one near you, your child can participate in their program which runs from June 1 – August 31 for students in 1st to 6th grade. Read six books and memorize six Bible verses. Complete the downloadable reading journal and turn it in at your local store for a free book and Bible.

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. (this year’s contest has not be launched yet.)

Make reading fun with our Summer Reading Program | TD Bank.

Hey kids in grades K-5, participating is easy:

 Read 10 books this summer.

  • Print out the summer reading form.
  • Write down the names of the books you’ve read
  • Take the form to the nearest TD Bank
  • Receive $10 in a new existing Young Saver account
  • Excellence in Reading – 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! Read and earn a free t-shirt and award certificate. This is a year-round program.

 

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

For Homeschoolers:

Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program. Pizza Hut has a homeschool reading rewards program that allows you to participate in a reading rewards program. Enroll here for your K-6 (5 to 12 years old) students.

Homeschool Buyers Co-op has summer reading program that gives each participating student a chance to win for every hour read. You may also count listening to audio books or time you spent reading to your child. You must log in your daily reading on the Reading Champions to earn your chances to win prizes from the Community Treasure Chest. The program runs from June 1st to September 1st.

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

L@WS

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: http://wp.me/p1M41l-XW

 

Good Literature is What Everyone Needs to “Feed” Their Child’s Soul February 21, 2015

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Updated today with more lists.

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If you don’t know me IRL, you might not know that I am a homeschooling mom of 5yo boy. I am also a bibliophile. There are shelves and shelves of books in my house. I have multiple library cards from systems across the state. I often get cards where I vacation frequently so that I can avoid toting a stack of books with me in my luggage. Used bookstores are a dangerous place for me to step foot in. I seriously have a love for books.

Within the homeschooling community (and even outside), many families emphasize literature and lots of it. I am of the school of thought that there is a lot of what I call junky children’s literature that occupies the shelves of the library. Fun, entertaining books that don’t always have much redeeming value. We read some of them just like everyone else, but we try to pick…

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March 30, 2013

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Cocoons and Caterpillars has gone free again today!

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Cocoons and Caterpillars: A Stella and Sam Adventure for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

I am finally back online after a very long delay. I have a great free e-book for you to kick things off!

Stella and Sam Adventures are a series of best-selling picture books and television written and created by Marie-Louise Gay. This series airs on Disney Junior in Canada which is why you may not be familiar with the books or the series. This is the 5th offering in a series of innovative e-books. This app comes to you from Tickle Tap, an award-winning developer, and is being offered for free download for a limited time. Normally, this app is $2.99. The app is designed to support both English and French languages.

This is a cute and engaging storybook app which is more a blend of a book and game app. This is a high…

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March 7, 2013

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Gone free again today. Don’t miss out. For ages 9 to 12.

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App Store – Marble Math.

App Store – Marble Math Junior.

We are huge fans of Marble Math Junior by Artgig Studios ($1.99) over here at L@WS. It really makes it a lot of fun to practice math facts and mental math. It integrates a marble maze game with solving math problems. I really like that they will offer helps (hints) and also allow your child to replay the problem to solve it correctly. There are multiple levels of difficulty that you can set as your child masters various skills. This app is targeted for ages 5 to 8. My 3yo son can play this app when it is set to drag versus roll control of the marble so it is useful for younger children who are mastering basic math skills.

The game makes it fun with little animations and obstacles that your child can interact with as…

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LetsTans Premium for iPad – today only! February 21, 2013

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New LetsTans Premium for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

The full premium iPad version of LetsTans is available for free download for one day only in honor of its release in the iTunes store. I imagine the price will be at least $2.99 or higher based on the pricing of their deluxe version. This is a great app for puzzle lovers. Even though it is considered a “game,” I am a strong believer in tangrams as a learning tool to help children (and adults) develop spatial, crticial thinking, and problem solving skills. Even better, it gives children an intuitive sense of geometry. They are sharpening math and logic skills without even knowing it.

There are over 900 puzzles included in this app. More than enough to satisfy any puzzle lover. There are seven modes of play which increase in difficulty. And yes, there is a hint system in case you get stuck. If you miss out on this, LetsTans does have a few free lite versions available for download.

Recommended for 7 and up. Younger children can play this if they are adept at puzzles, but they will have to learn to manipulate the orientation of the shapes which can be a challenging skill to master.

L@WS

 

November 2, 2012

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Little Things is free again today. And Forever is $0.99.

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Little Things® for iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Little Things® Forever for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Who didn’t love those I Spy books or those Hidden Picture Puzzles in Highlights Magazine when you were growing up? I suppose it isn’t a very well kept secret that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and playing with those I Spy books with my nieces.

Klicktock has recently released a follow up to their top rated, best selling Little Things App for the iPad called Little Things Forever for the iPhone and iPad. In honor of this, they are offering Little Things for free and have discounted Little Things Forever to $0.99. Both are normally $2.99. This is an awesome deal!

I love how this app offers up a different game every time you play…

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