It’s already back-to-school time in Kentucky! Like every year, summer seemed to fly right by but my sons are certainly excited to see their friends and embrace all the new school year has to offer. As your are focusing on your back-to-school prep and excitement, Scholastic has some excellent resources including tips to avoid “summer brain drain”, as well as the Energizer Instant Win Game. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share our experiences and to encourage reading. This post is sponsored by Scholastic, but as always, all thought, opinions and love of back-to-school and summer reading initiatives is that of Rural Mom. Read on for more information!
If you’ve been following along with our summer reading adventures, you already know how passionate I am about literacy and helping my children to enjoy reading. Reading is core to our learning experience. Good readers are better communicators and studies have proven over and over that reading aids in a child’s overall education success along with gifting them invaluable life skills. We’ve taken our reading on the road and made discovering fun reads an adventure to help keep their skills sharp this summer.
I asked my boys to share their favorite summer reads along with a 5-word “book review.” This exercise was quite fun and challenging… I mean, after all, summing up a book in 5 words is no easy task! I hope their choices help inspire your preteen or teen’s reading list!
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick – “Old-school mystery with great pictures”
Extreme Science Careers by Ann Squire – “Super ridiculously interesting science stuff”
The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz – “Cool origins of evil kids”
Wonder by R.J. Palacio – “Even better on second read!” and “I really like this kid!”
Jurassic World Dinosaur Field Guide by Dr. Thomas R. Holz Jr. – “Awesome facts about cool dinosaurs”
It’s not too late for you to help your children enjoy reading and to prevent the “Summer Brain Drain.” Scholastic’s Maggie McGuire has 5 easy tips for making reading a priority for your child, like setting a weekly minutes goal, reserving special time to read together as a family, and celebrating reading accomplishments. It’s never too late to get your kids reading, even while we embrace the back-to-school season.
Scholastic has joined together with ENERGIZER® to power the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge and encourage families to find innovative ways to discover the power and joy of reading. It’s not too late to take part! Now through September 4th, visit Scholastic.com/Summer. Click the links below for a sampling of the fun resources you’ll find with Scholastic:
· Unlock Original Short Stories from favorite Scholastic authors!
· Find Parenting Resources including Summer Reading printables, activity sheets, booklists and more!
· Play the Innovation Machine Game – a fun and creative writing game and contest!
· Visit “Videos in the Stacks” to receive reading tips for parents from Scholastic’s Maggie McGuire!
CHECK OUT THE ENERGIZER INSTANT WIN GAME
Energizer® and Scholastic are partnering to create the “Power the Possibilities” campaign which gives moms the tools they need to unlock their child’s talents, fuel their ambitions and set them up for future success. Parents can buy any specially marked pack of Energizer® brand batteries to scratch for a chance to win one of thousands of prizes that will power discovery and learning.
Prizes include a family trip to New York City, a Scholastic Study Corner Makeover, a tablet with Scholastic apps, a library of Scholastic books and more! Everyone who plays can also download free digital stories for their family.
FIND OUT MORE!