Summer is just around the corner and my kids’ last day of school was this past week.
What are your plans?
My plans usually consist of working daily, so I give my kids school work to do every day. Dreary? Sure. But, my kids understand. Bonus, they truly enjoy reading daily as well.
How about you and yours?
My kids love doing summer reading programs, so I sign them up for as many as I can find. This summer though, my twin teens promoted from 8th to being a freshman in high school, so not a lot on the list pertain to them, but it doesn’t dull their love of reading at least.
A summer reading program has been proven to make a difference in your children’s education to continue to help them learn and grow. It’s a great way to keep your children reading and exploring as they win fun prizes like free books, games, and more.
This year’s theme is:
Check out these free reading programs for kids this summer!
Amazon Summer Reading Program
Children up to age 14 or 8th grade can join the Amazon Books Store summer reading challenge. To participate, children read any 8 books this summer. Keep track and bring the reading list to any Amazon Books by September 2. Children will then receive a Star Reader Certificate that gives them $1.00 off your next book purchase at Amazon Books.
Barnes & Noble
Until August 31st, children can read any 8 books and record them on the Barnes and Noble’s Reading Journal provided online or in-store (Download the Summer Reading Journal here). When completed the children take the journal back to the store to pick up a free book from the list at the back of the journal. The summer reading program includes teens and adults, but only kids in grades 1-6 earn a prize.
Offering fun activities and printables to encourage kids to avoid the summer slip of learning. There is a reading list by grade that can be helpful for any parents to use. Check out Book-It!
Books A Million
Join the Summer Reading Adventure program. Children choose any 4 books from the Summer Reading Adventure section in-store or online. Then write about the books they have read in their Summer Reading Adventure journal. Once completed show to a store that is associated to receive rewards.
Chuck E. Cheese
Chuck E. Cheese Reading Rewards Calendar can be completed until December 31, 2020. This program awards kids for good behavior with their calendars. Download their Reading Rewards Calendar and your kids can mark off each day they read. When the calendar is full (two weeks), turn it into your local Chuck E. Cheese for 10 FREE game tokens. This can be done again and again!
Kids can add their favorite summer reading books to a reading log over at DOGOBooks. Then they can write reviews on the books they’ve read. The more reviews that they write the higher chance of winning they have. 10 reviewers have a chance to win a book prize pack, the next 25 top reviewers will win a $10 gift card.
Join H-E-Buddy’s Summer Reading Club by reading ten books and recording them on a reading log from the form on their website. Every time a child logs a book, a parent will need to initial it by the title, so they get credit for reading. When the reading log is complete, mail it to the address on their website and your kids will be rewarded with a special t-shirt. This program goes until October 1.
Lifeway Stores hold a Summer Reading Program from June 1st to August 31st. The program is aimed at children in grades 1 through 6 and toddlers aged 1 to 5. The challenge of the program is to read six books over the course of the summer and memorize six Scripture verses. To claim your prizes you will then want to fill out the form by visiting their website here.
Check out your local library as most of them will have their own summer reading program. Some may even offer free books and prizes!
No Time for Flashcards
No Time for Flashcards Mission: Make Reading Fun is on a mission to keep your kids reading this summer. You’ll find three months worth of printable calendars with a reading suggestion for each day such as “read a book that makes you laugh” or “read at the program.” Plus, follow along on her Facebook page for book recommendations and resources.
Scholastic’s Read-A-Palooza Summer Reading Challenge is where kids can log in their summer reading minutes to earn digital prizes. The challenge is between May 6 and until September 6. Kids can unlock digital rewards as they complete their weekly reading challenges and access book excerpts, videos, and other exclusive content.
Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays encourages young children to read during the summer months. Children can bring in a book report and receive a FREE admission to a select children’s film when they present a book report to participating Cinema de Lux, Showcase, or Multiplex Cinema box office.
Sylvan Book Adventure
Sylvan Book Adventure is an interactive reading assessment, management, and rewards program for kids (K-8th grade). Children can choose between 7,000 titles and then take a short quiz to earn points. Points can be redeemed for virtual prizes.
Sync for Teens Kids ages 13+ can win audiobooks by participating in this program that uses the OverDrive app. Don’t rule out audiobooks, they count as real reading!
TD Bank makes reading fun by offering a summer reading program that encourages kids to read and learn about saving money. Children from K-5 can participate in their reading program. Each child can earn $10 each for reading 10 books. Make sure you fill out a book log and bring it to your local TD Bank branch.
YouTube Kids Homeschoolers and teachers use YouTube to supplement lessons because it’s a treasure trove of amazing content. But it’s a lot of work to sift through the not-so-treasury channels. Which is why I’ve created this post — here are some wonderful gems for you, excellent YouTube channels for language arts, foreign language and art.
Language Arts YouTube Channels
I love this channel! Not just language arts, there are videos for current events, math, and social studies as well. For more videos, you can visit the Flocabulary website and subscribe. These are great for the classroom.
On this YouTube channel you’ll hear stories like Alice in Wonderland with the fun “Story Time with Miss Booksy.”
Disney Educational Publications
School House Rock videos and more!
Educational videos in all topics including language arts.
Read digital books in over 30 languages.
Animated grammar videos.
Arts and Craft YouTube Channels for Kids
The Artful Parent
Easy and fun kids art activities that are unique and familiar favorites.
Art for Kids
This art channel will get your kids to draw, paint, fold, and sculpt all kinds of cool things.
Doodle Draw Art
Step-by-step drawing for kids and beginning artists.
Draw Kids Draw
An artistic drawing channel for learning cartooning and more.
A cool cartoony art channel to help kids learn to draw. with letters and numbers.
Red Ted Art
Easy, do-able, fun and colorful craft ideas for all ages. Craft with nature. Craft with recycled items. Crafts for all seasons.
Babble Dabble Do
I love this YouTube channel — it made my STEAM list as well since it has not just art but also science, design, and engineering projects for kids.
Mr. Otter Art Studio
This art channel brings you step by step directions for creating artwork.
Art Bar Blog
Snippets from my art classes with four and five year olds and DIY projects.
A DIY channel for arts and crafts for older tweens and teens.
Foreign Language YouTube Channels for Kids
Basho & Friends
Cool videos with catchy music teach Spanish, French, and Mandarin.
Cartoon dinosaur characters introduce common words and phrases in many languages. Introduction to a video series.
Videos teach foreign languages including Spanish, French, Mandarin, German, Italian and more.
RockAlingua: Fun Musical Spanish
A collection of Spanish songs, videos, and games.
Features music from the Calico Spanish curriculum.
Not necessarily for children, this is a channel that introduces the Ouino Languages learning systems for French and Spanish.