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Just in case you were wondering, I do have a Summer Reading Challenge for my nine year old son, too! He’s already working on it, and doing pretty well.
Creating a challenge for the boy was a bit trickier, but we came up with a good list. And by the way, I had a highly scientific method for choosing how many books they each needed to read (it’s two-thirds of their age. Complicated, right?) 😉
His Summer Reading Challenge
1.) The Magic Treehouse: The Knight at Dawn
4.) The Borrowers
5.) Flat Stanley
6.) Imagination Station: Voyage with the Vikings
The Challenge Incentive
Again, I’ve kept the same “Motivator” as with my oldest daughter. Yes, money.
Complete the list by the end of:
- June – Reward $4/each
- July – Reward $2/each
- August – Reward $1/each
- Write a brief summary of each for an extra $1/each.
- Write a longer book report of two for an extra $2/each.
Max reward potential: $34
Interestingly, my son was the only one who asked if there could be extra credit (translated- extra money earned.) I figured–why not? When they finish reading their list, whichever month they finish in, they are locked in at that book rate. For every extra *approved* book they read before the end of August (no Cat in the Hat!,) they can get paid for that, too.
We are by no means made of money! But the goal here is to get him to read enough books to develop a taste for what he does and doesn’t like, and to get better and stronger at it. And they are all going to have to work really hard to finish their lists by the end of June. They may surprise me. You may find me selling some used curriculum or spare jewelry later to pay for their reading challenges. 😉
Download the List
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