Summer Reading Challenge – Ends Tomorrow

Did you see that people are recognizing all our hard work ? Our Summer Reading Challenge was featured on the blogging news site  ShePosts.com  last week . As you may know we have already passed our 25,000 book goal ( presently at 26058) but our challenge isn’t over yet. You have until tomorrow at 8pm PST to enter your tally of books read and get entered for a chance to win a $50 Amazon.com gift card.

What will the final tally be?

Thank you so much for taking the time away from a busy summer to read with your kids. It’s never wasted even when they bring you the same book for the 500th time that day. I hope you have found some great new favorites this summer and continue reading all year long.

If you have just found us you can still join in. All the details are here including FAQ.

If you know what to do enter your tally here .

Official Rules
This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must fill out this form. 1 winning participator will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes closes on Sunday August 26th 2012 at 8:00pm PST. The winner will receive a $50 Amazon.com gift card valued at approximately $50. After the winner is notified he or she has 48 hours to respond with their email address to send the gift card to,or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes including email and postal addresses will not be used in anyway other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

Summer Reading Challenge – Over 10, 000 Read!

Yes we have already read over TEN THOUSAND books ( 10670 to be exact) . This is so amazing but don’t stop the momentum is just getting started! This week I came home with 37 books from the library and we have been snuggling on the couch and reading one after another after another!  Have you discovered any new favorite books?

If you have no clue what the heck we are talking about and who read these 10, 000 books let me catch you up. Every summer No Time For Flash Cards readers read with their kids , count up the books and tally it. Every week they enter the tally into our grand total and by the end of the summer we try to beat the year before. Our goal this year is 25, 000 books.

Oh and at the end of the summer I will draw a name from all the entries for a $50 Amazon.com gift card .

For all the details please read this post and FAQ.

If you know what you are doing then please add your weekly tally here

3rd Annual Summer Reading Challenge


Every summer we promote reading by setting up a Summer Reading Challenge for our readers. Last year we read over 20 THOUSAND books. This year let’s read 25 thousand! It’s super easy to participate and at the end of the challenge I will draw one name for a $50 Amazon Gift Card so you can buy even more books to read with your kids.

How it works :

  1. Starting this Monday June 4th until Sunday August 26th keep tally of all the reading you do with our Printable Weekly Tally Sheet or one of your own.
  2. Every week please fill out this form and enter the number of books ( or full chapters of a chapter book) you read with your child or they read on their own. Fill in your email for a chance to win the end of challenge sweepstakes which is a $50 Amazon Gift Card provided by me !  Please only fill this form out once a week . I will post reminders every Saturday but it can be any day of the week, we limit it to once a week so people don’t fill it out more than that and have a unfair advantage to win. The number of books you read every week doesn’t affect your chances of winning.
  3. Repeat! Let’s make 2012 the summer of reading!

Want to tell the world you are participating? Add this button to your blog !

 

FAQ

Q:What if I read the same book to my kids 30 times in one week can I count that as 30 or as 1?

A: That’s 30. We know kids love to read the same book over and over , we do too! We want you to read whatever you love.

 

Q: My kids are reading chapter books how do we count those?

A: One complete chapter = 1 book .

 

Q: What if I forget to enter my book count one week can I add them to the next?

A:  Absolutely! We want you to have a weekly chance to enter so you get lots of entries into the gift card sweepstakes but if you want to keep tally all summer and only enter once that works too!

Q: I have more than one child do submit more than one entry per week?

A: No . Add all the individual tallies together and add one huge number .

 

Still have more questions? Contact us or leave it in the comments and we’ll sort it out for you.

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Official Rules
This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must fill out this form. 1 winning participator will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes closes on Sunday August 26th 2012 at 8:00pm PST. The winner will receive a $50 Amazon.com gift card valued at approximately $50. After the winner is notified he or she has 48 hours to respond with their email address to send the gift card to,or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes including email and postal addresses will not be used in anyway other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

What We’ve Been Reading

I thought it would be fun to showcase the books that have gotten the most “air time” at our house this week in a post. Leave a comment and tell us what you have been reading! UPDATE – do not miss the comments for book ideas and a discussion about when to introduce chapter books and why pushing them is not a good idea.

 

Doggies by Sandra Boynton has been one of my daughter’s favorite books for ages. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a simple counting book about dogs, their different barks and one pesky cat. Toddlers love barking along with it so it’s a great book for places where they don’t have to be shushed, it’s not a great one for quiet only places like a church service.

Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee

This  book celebrates all sorts of babies and all the every day things babies do.  My daughter points out all the babies on each page as I read the rhyming text . So maybe you are thinking ” What’s so great about babies and text that rhymes?” nothing, that isn’t what makes this book so awesome. I love this book because of it’s diversity, inclusion, and acceptance of all babies and families.  The illustrations are full of depictions of all sorts of families showering their smallest most precious member with love . What I adore about the diversity of the illustrations is that readers are left to put whatever assumption we wish on the families in the book. What I assumed were two mommies my husband thought was a husband and wife, I thought a lady was a grandma and my son said it was just a older mom. This is why I love this book, my daughter doesn’t see why this message is outstanding, what she does see is all sorts of happy babies in all sorts of  families being the norm and this is the world we want her to know.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling . My husband has just started reading book 2 in this series to my son at bedtime and they are hooked!  They finished the first book a few months ago and we took a break before book 2.  I love the whole Harry Potter series and it hasn’t been without much discussion between my husband and I on how we are going to space out the books. If you have read them you know that the subjects age and mature as the characters do by a school year with each book. I encourage parents to read any book that they are going to share with their young kids first to make sure it won’t scare or upset your child as well as to make sure it fits with your family. What I love so much about these books is that JK Rowling has created such a thick and detailed world and it grips even kids that don’t normally get into books as much as it does little bookworms!

LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia was the most loved 5th birthday gift my son received.  I can not tell you how much my son loves this book and as someone who adores reference materials herself I can’t say I blame him. I love this book too, it’s helping me speak his language and know who and what he’s talking about all the time. So like the cover says  it’s a character encyclopedia, there is no story, instead every page is dedicated to one Star Wars character turned mini figure. Now most of the text tells you about the Lego sets the mini figure comes in , variations on the mini figure and when it first appeared in the toy. However there is still a great description of the characters and huge illustrations of each. The small amount of text is perfect for my son and since he is into the characters not the collector like details he simply skips that without missing out on anything. I should say that this unlike the previous books is not a leveled reader. If I was making a guess I would say that it’s geared towards the average 8-10 year old. I definitely have to help and or read the majority of this book, especially the more obscure Star Wars names. I love that we can read a little or read a lot and that the book is not such a heavy volume because I have a feeling it will be the book of choice at night for months to come!

Locked On by Tom Clancy. This book is the newest Kindle download keeping my husband entertained as he commutes to and from work. An avid Tom Clancy fan he says it’s a typical installment in Clancy’s suspenseful spy novel genre. All I know is the Kindle is open more and when I am writing posts for the next day he is engrossed in this.

I can’t lie I haven’t read a book in months, although I do think I pinned a few to read later. I love Pinterest but I need a good novel to get me to stop working into the wee hours.  So I ask you what have you read? Leave a comment telling us what you have been reading at your house  ( kids and adults) and maybe someone else will get inspired to dive into a great novel.

Listen & Find Word Search

Many moons ago ( OK 2003) I was student teaching the 6th grade ( yes most were taller than me) and I was teaching a unit on the book  Holes by Louis Sachar. I was reading the book to my students and losing their attention . To keep it I created a bingo game of words in each chapter. I’d hand out the sheets, they’d listen for the words and mark ones they heard. It was exactly what they needed to stay engaged and our discussions at the end of the chapters went from 2 kids to most of the class. Today I am sharing how I modified this for my son who is 5 and just starting to read independently.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paper, a marker, a book and a dot paint marker .
  2. Before calling your child to play flip through the book and choose some words. I only chose each word once, and did one for every two pages so I could read it out loud to him at a normal speed without him having to stop too often to bam the paper. With one kid I just had a sheet to fill, not a bingo format. sight word games
  3. Start reading.
  4. It was a hit from the start . I will be doing this with many other books in the future.
  5. Bam!
  6. When he missed a word I invited him to look for it in the book.
  7. Got it!

Making reading a game has been a big part of my son’s ease into reading. Still even now that he is reading well he doesn’t always want to read books to my husband or I opting to read to his sister or alone. Building confidence is tricky. Instead of forcing them to read aloud  when they don’t want to , play some games and let the fun build the confidence. After their confidence builds they will be much more apt to read aloud .