Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

For most kids, summer is a chance to unwind — beach vacations with the family, trips to amusement parks, and hours spent in the pool. But for students, summer can be a season full of learning opportunities…or learning losses. Research confirms that students who don’t read over the summer typically score lower on reading comprehension tests when they return to school in the fall.

That’s why Scholastic has created the Scholastic Summer Challenge, a free reading program dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” and inspiring kids to read more books this summer. Now in its fifth year, the Summer Challenge invites kids to log the minutes they spend reading as they Read for the World Record, and the 20 schools with the most minutes logged will receive recognition in the 2012 Scholastic Book of World Records.

The Scholastic Summer Challenge, available now at, offers plenty of features to bridge the school-to-home connection and keep kids reading all summer long!
  • Log minutes and help set a new world record for summer reading
  • Participate in weekly challenges
  • Earn digital rewards
  • Enter sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes

  • Track students’ reading progress throughout the summer
  • Email parents to let them know students are signed up for the Challenge
  • Check the interactive map to see how many minutes other schools have read
  • Download summer reading book lists
  • Use the Classroom Participation Guide to incorporate the Summer Challenge into lesson plans

  • Discover ways to use the Summer Challenge at home with the Family Participation Guide
  • Find expert tips to encourage their child to read more this summer
  • Download summer reading book lists
  • Print activity sheets, reading certificates, and more
  • Receive email alerts on their child’s weekly reading success

There’s still time to join the Scholastic Summer Challenge – teachers can register their students now for a chance to win a classroom library and a $250 gift certificate to the Scholastic Teacher Store.

So head on over there and check it out!

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