I am not a fan of incentives…especially for something so important to learning and success (be it financial, emotional, social) as reading is. Before giving in to incentives, I think we need try to make reading fun. Build a reading nook, act out scenes together, write a letter to the author, read together out loud, visit a location, make a craft or cook up something related to the story, or form a book club with friends. BUT….for those kids that don’t have that passion to read, if providing them with an incentive entices them to read, I think the pros outweigh the cons.
Reading incentives are aplenty out there. They don’t cost you a dime. Below is a list of a few national businesses that offer incentives if your child reads. Please add any others in you might know of in the comment section. And, don’t forget to check out your local library.
|Barnes & Noble||Read 8 Books – Receive a Free Book||5/21 – 9/3/2013||http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/summer-reading/379003570|
|TD Bank||Read 10 Books – Receive $10 deposited into savings acct||5/6 – 9/30/2013||http://www.tdbank.com/summerreading/|
|Pottery Barn||Read All the Books from 1 list – Receive a Free Book||thru 8/26||http://www.potterybarnkids.com/design-studio/articles/summer-reading-challenge.html|
|Chuck E Cheese||Read Each Day for 2 Weeks – Receive 10 Free Tokens||Year Round||http://www.chuckecheese.com/discover/rewards-calendars|
|Scholastic Books||Log Reading Minutes – Earn Digital Rewards||5/1 – 8/31/2013||http://www.scholastic.com/ups/campaigns/src-2013|
Need some reading suggestions? Some of my fave sites….
www.pragmaticmom.com – search & read reviews
http://www.lexile.com/fab/ – search by reading level or grade
http://pagescorner.com/storycraft-box/ – purchase book with a related craft kit
Get ideas on inspiring kids to read can be found in the archives of the #PTchat conversation on “Encouraging the Love of Reading Beyond the Required Text”
I am not associated with or compensated by any of these websites or companies.