This afternoon I took my girls to get their first free books of the summer for completing one of the summer reading programs I wrote about earlier. We went to Barnes & Noble where the girls chose:
Liberty Porter First Daughter
Summer According to Humphrey
We then headed to Dunkin Donuts to get free Frozen Hot Chocolates since we had coupons to use before they expire at the end of the month, along with a donut to bring home for after dinner. The donuts we paid for with money instead of coupons or reading forms.
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Over the last few days I have been reviewing which summer reading programs will be available this summer that the girls participated in last summer. It looks like they will have plenty of forms to fill out with all of the books they manage to read. Here are the ones we plan to participate in this year:
1. Our local library’s Summer Quest reading program. For this program we will go to the library each week with our reading log form. There will be a coupon of the week as well as additional coupons/rewards for reading five, fifteen, and twenty five books. We also turn this form into the school in the fall for summer reading credit.
2. TDBank has a summer reading program as well. For reading ten books each child receives $10 placed into their savings account. This is a great way to start adding up some money for college. We did this last summer. I admit it was not the most exciting one for the kids since the money went straight into their savings accounts.
3. Barnes and Noble has a summer reading program that involves reading eight books and writing down not only the book and author, but a recommendation of who should read it. This program appears to be for first through sixth graders, but the specific instructions do not appear to have an age designation, just the book choices offered. I cannot remember if we completed this one last year; we may have skipped it since it appeared that my youngest could not participate due to age even though she could read. I need to find out if we will be limited to the book choices in my kids’ actual grade level. If this is the case, I think we will end up donating the books and letting the kids pick something out for themselves at the used book store as a reward.
4. Borders also has a Double Dog Dare reading program. For this program your child must be 12 and under and reading ten books to receive a coupon for a free book. Last year I believe they had a particular display where you chose your free book. This worked well for us since my girls are reading above grade level and would not have wanted the books for the grade level they attend in school.
I am also thinking ahead to summer and planning our schedule with a State of the Day theme for much of the summer in addition to attending library activities, Regal’s Summer Movies (which are a dollar this year instead of being free), and summer crafts at ACMoore. My oldest will also be going to sewing camp with Grandma while I plan something special for the youngest who will have me all to herself that week.
What inexpensive, fun and educational activities are you planning for your family this summer?
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