ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: External Motivation for At Home Reading

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

External Motivation for At Home Reading

During the summer months there are many local libraries and book stores that offer incentives for student reading success.  It is just as important to Read to Succeed during this school year.  In my own children's school they are required to log many reading minutes daily as a key part of their homework.  So, what types of external motivators or reading incentives might be offered during the school year?  If your student is already doing lots of great reading here are some fun ideas for recognizing their efforts.  If they are not reading the hopefully this is some motivation to get started!
The Pizza Hut Book It program has been rewarding children for reading minutes for many years. They have a new minute tracking app available for this school year.
Reading Rewards Blog has some clever, penny free, suggestions for motivating readers to spend time in a book. 
Braums has a book buddy program to earn sweet treats.

Sylvan Learning Center has a Book Adventure program to encourage reading.  Students grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to take an online quiz, and earn prizes for their comprehension success.

Earn free tokens for Chuck E. Cheese's by filling out a monthly reading calendar.

Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students grades K- 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn free tickets to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it's a great way to motivate kids to read. Homeschool students and teachers are also eligible for this incentive. To register for Read To Succeed for the 2012-2013 school year, follow this link to the registration page.
Log a mile a minute (or hour, if you wish) for all of your students' at home reading.  Set a time limit on this record keeping and at the end of your time add up all the miles and plan a road trip together to a place that many miles away!


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