Scholastic Summer Reading Program #SummerReading

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.

The day arrived, we were ready to host our Reading Under the Stars event in support and promotion of Scholastic Summer Reading Program and Summer Reading Challenge to get kids reading and ready for school! The parent packet was ready, the children packet was ready and we waited for our guests to arrive.

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

My children have been trying to keep up their reading this Summer and there is an app that you can use to track how many minutes your child is reading, just like I have been using. It’s called the Reading Timer App and can be downloaded on the Scholastic Summer reading website. Each of the children who attended our Reading Under the Stars Event also went home with a flashlight, provided by EVEREADY®.

http://scholastic.com/summer

Whether you are for or against the common core standards, they are indeed there and they are encouraging schools nationwide to kick up their reading and learning requirements -

  • It has been shown that Summer Slide accounts for 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower income students and their middle to upper income peers.
  • Summer reading lag can accumulate up to be an approximate two-year lag in reading by the time the child reaches middle school.
  • Children in third grade who cannot read at grade level are less likely to graduate high school by age 18 when compared to proficient readers.

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

It is vitally important to get children to read ahead, encouraging a love in reading is how I raised my trio here. I have read to all three children since the day they were born and now, at ages 11, 7 and 5 they are lovers of books {for the most part}. My son’s have to have a book that really intrigues them while my daughter could read any encyclopedia sized novel in just a couple of days if it were about astrology or Greek Mythology! The best way to ensure that your child doesn’t fall into that Summer Slide in the reading and learning department is to partake in reading programs all Summer long, that is why Scholastic came up with this Summer Reading Challenge – so more families could have a chance to get their kids reading while having a goal set in place in a fun, fabulous way!

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

My family decided to do our part this Summer and get some kids together for a Reading Under the Stars event, and sadly we planned it a wee bit too early to catch the stars in the sky, but everyone was at my home until about 10pm at night enjoy a wide range of fun. We started off by letting the boys get in a bit of electronic time, because my middle child has autism and is in that “routine” of when a friend comes over they do get to play on the PS3 for a bit, so we allowed that while the adults and older kids gabbed for bit.

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

After that, we got all the kiddos outside and these photos were captured of the group while they waited for the fire to start; we had a camp fire to roast hotdogs over and make smores over! When we party, we party! This time it was Scholastic Book style partying though! After everyone had their smores. We played a bit more …

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

Then the kids sat down around the older two girls and the girls read a story to them. Sure, the boys were not having this “story reading time” idea, they are like “no way are we sitting to read a book!” I get it, friends are over, you want to run, you want to play. So us Moms made the deal – you sit and read this book, or at least listen to Ki and Chey read it, then you can go play tag, eat blueberries from the blueberry bushes and whatever, but we are having story time even if we don’t have stars to read under right now. The boys sat.

Scholastic Summer Reading Under the Stars #SummerReading

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free, online/mobile reading program that helps prepare kids for back-to-school by encouraging them to read every day all summer long. So head over to check out the Scholastic Summer Reading Website in full details, there are things for kids, things for parents and even an area for teachers!

The parents of the children who attended my event went home with packets full of information about the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and I can only hope that they take part in this fabulous program!

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So, tell me, how do YOU get your kids to continue reading during the Summer months?

I wrote more details about this program prior, so CLICK HERE to read my previous post regarding Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

Shopping for my Tween Daughter

The time has come, that time when your child no longer accepts and adores your clothing selections for her. Yes, I firmly believe it happens to all of us. We all have been at that stage where the clothing choices our parents made for us would make us cringe and argue the fact that we are now too old to have our Mommy or Daddy buy us clothing. I remember being that age and I was a nightmare, I am sure, now I get to relive that stage with my oldest, which is nearing middle school age and is ready to show her true personality through clothing choices.

There are some limits you can place, as the parent, on your tweens or teens clothing choices and here are some that I have placed with my own daughter:

  • Halter tops are unacceptable as they show off too much skin for every day wear outside of the beach or pool.
  • Be appropriate in your choice of graphic tees that spread a message, make sure the messages on graphic tees are age appropriate and school acceptable.
  • Choose a variety of clothing so that you can dress appropriately for the weather.

My daughter’s current obsession is with printed leggings, she just adores leggings with a matching graphic tee shirt on top. I have recently noticed that rue21.com has a wide range of tween and teen clothing options for any picky dresser. There is a LOVE graphic tee that I know my daughter would totally wear, unless I bought it that is. Parenting gets more difficult as you head into the age of teens picking their own clothing, you must ensure that they are allotted their independence to choose high waisted jeans if they so desire but limit their clothing to age appropriate messages and ensure they cover their body fully. My rule is, the less skin showing, the better.

Shopping for tweens or teens really can give one a headache, it’s no easy task, but if you set rules and boundaries from the beginning; yes that means dressing them appropriately when you are the one choosing clothing from day one, then you will find their clothing choices will continue to be appropriate well into their teen years. Support your tween and teen in their individuality and remember; life is far too short to spend it arguing about matching clothes; let your child’s clothing be their artwork.

Celebrating Turning 11 Years Old, 11 Days After Birthday

This past weekend my daughter had her 11 year birthday celebration! Some family came and her friends came. There were snacks, music, fun and laughter – cake and ice cream and presents. Miss Ki got all dressed up in my skirt and an old shirt I had given her as she waited for guests to arrive…

Birthday Girl Attire

My little girl isn’t a little girl anymore … I can’t believe she is now 11 and that next year she will be in Junior High. Sigh.

Setting Bday Table up

After Miss Ki got all dressed up she proceeded to the backyard to ensure her birthday picnic table was all set up and ready for when guests arrived. My little touch to her decor was mints with smiley faces that said “smile .. be happy”. I just couldn’t resist and she rolled her eyes as she agreed those are totally “all Mom”.

Party Mints

Among the party guests were my sister and Miss Olivia, that sweet little baby was an amazingly happy little girl the whole time.

Baby Olivia and Mom

The party went really well, Miss Ki had two girlfriends and one boyfriend as her guests from school who all got along great.  There were so many fun presents; an easel, oil paints, craft kits to create new fun jewelry and toys, as well as a Monster High Doll from my Mom and much more.

Birthday Girl

It was a very eventful day, full of so many laughing, smiling and interacting. The only issue that came up was with my seven year old son who felt that sissy’s friend who was a boy wasn’t there to hang with her and her friends. This is because my seven year old son truly believes that boys are not friends with girls, he believes this to his heart and, well, that in turn created some issues that I tried hard to keep at bay.

Happy 11th Birthday Miss Ki, it was so nice to see you smile all day long and have a beautiful celebration!

 

How Do you Go From Summer Brain to School Brain

It’s that time of year, many of you have had children in school for a couple of weeks now, but mine have only been in school for one week and kindergarten starts this coming week. I will have two children in school this year leaving me all alone with Baby K during the school day. I can’t wait to see how well Aj does in kindergarten and I do hope he overcomes his anxiety so that he can truly enjoy school, miss home and be happy when I pick him up from school!

One of the areas I am personally struggling with as a mother is to get my brain from Summer time to school time. I know school is in session and Summer is over, however, my brain wants to be lazy and sleep in, have no routine and just fly by the day. I am not sure how to tell my brain to come back to reality, do you have any tips?

 

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Race The Old Man

Here at my house we have a bedtime routine, it involves getting pajamas one, going to the kitchen for AJ to take his medicine, then brushing teeth followed by story time for the kids. In between kitchen medicine time and teeth brushing in the bathroom we do a race.

Let’s back this up a bit, about the age of two AJ refused to do anything you wanted him to do and he developed a very competitive attitude. I mean competitive, he had to “win” at eating meals, he had to “win” at buckling up, he had to “win” at everything he did on a daily basis, right down to him having to be the first one with his coat on to leave the house.

AJ is still pretty competitive, however, his winning attitude has changed a little, if you catch him on a good day he is a good loser, but if you catch him on a bad day he is a sore loser which makes conflict with the other two kids. The newest edition to our nightly race from the kitchen to the bathroom involves something AJ came up with on his own ….

Plastic Urkel
Image by mike fischer via Flickr

AJ likes to hike his pants up just like Steve Urkel did and call himself an old man. This old man is super fast though, he runs as fast as the speed of lightening! It is real hard for Baby K, Ki and I to beat this old man in a race from the kitchen to the bathroom I tell you!

So there you have it, every night I race an old man and he wins! Ok call me a slow poke!

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