For many Central Ohio school districts, summer is here. Kids (and teachers!) are in summer mode and time spent on learning seems to be taking a back seat to sports (at least in our house). This summer, however, I plan on keeping my kids’ skills strong by planning ahead and using lots of community resources.
This frugal mama is proud to share some FREE rewards around town for those days when your kids need a little extra push to open the book. Pair with rewards for a good report card, and you could be earning something free every week of the summer!
Local Library Summer Reading Clubs
These are probably the most well-known programs out there. But for good reason – we have lots of really strong libraries in the area, staffed with some of the most awesome media specialists. These programs are a great way to get your kids into the library on a regular basis and often come with prizes that help to keep the reading going, or even to explore the town we call home.
Columbus Metropolitan (This year the program is online and you can even sign up from home.)
Barnes and Noble
Summer Reading Journal: Kids in grades 1-6 can earn a FREE book by reading eight books!
Half Price Books
Feed Your Brain: Kids 14 and younger can earn Bookworm Bucks for reading 300 hours per month
Bucketeer Bookworms: Free kid’s meal for every five books read. Pick up a bookmark at your local restaurant. This promotion is valid all year!
Other Great Resources
If the incentives above aren’t enough motivation for your kids to get lost in a book, try some of these great tips from Scholastic.
Although Pizza Hut’s Book It program is for teachers during the school year, their website has some really cool book and activity recommendations!
What other programs do you love? Let us know in the comments below!