For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Twitter you know that we just enjoyed our family favorite tradition of a beach vacation at Ocracoke. This has been our favorite place since before the boys were born and now we adore sharing our home away from home with them. One thing remains the same when we travel and that is READING. One of the first things I have the boys pack up are their books. I ask them to pick out at least 5 of their favorites to take along for the ride and to read during quiet time. You may remember me telling you about our Scholastic Reading Challenge last month as well as ways we make reading fun around our house. Well, we added some friends this week which made it even more fun!
Because we were at the beach we took a few opportunities to make use of our beautiful surroundings. My favorite time at the beach is night when all is calm and peaceful. I love to take a good book or devotional and just think. The boys definitely want to dig in the sand, but stealing a few moments of peace on the beach is something I don’t mind teaching them early. I want them to appreciate it as well as all of the beauty around them. Our house this year had a very cool cupola at the top with windows all around. This soon became the “hide out” for the kids. It also provided a very cool place for reading under the stars!
We’ve been tracking Graham’s hours on the Scholastic website and it is amazing to me just how much that kid has read! The challenges have been helpful to give him extra incentive to read even more. Have you started tracking your child’s reading hours at Scholastic yet?
Here are a few key dates to keep in mind:
- Every Monday, check Scholastic on Twitter for the #MondayMinutes. See the total number of minutes kids have read to date!
- Every Friday, follow the Scholastic Facebook calendar for Friday Freebies!
- Every Friday, check out the Summer Reading Challenge Pinterest Board for a new collage of summer books.
Why not get a few friends together, roast some S’Mores and read under the stars together? Here is an adorable invitation you can download and use for your Reading Under the Stars Party:
This year’s Summer Reading theme is Reading Under the Stars, and is powered by EVEREADY®, the maker of batteries and flashlights, to encourage families to discover new and fun ways to explore reading outside this summer.