Have you signed your kids up for any summer reading programs yet this year? Elliott is so excited about the one on base this year. There was a kickoff party on Saturday, but we missed it because we were busy with other stuff. We were able to make it to the library on base a few hours later, though, and get signed up. They still had t shirts, pencils and bracelets available, so Elliott was excited to still get those things. This year the t shirt has the llama from the Llama Llama (Mad at Mama, Red Pajama, Misses Mama, etc) books by Anna Dewdney. Those were some of Elliott's early favorite books, and ones he still hasn't given up yet, even though he is way beyond them in most ways now.
One nice thing about the program on base, is that they encourage parents to participate as well. I think that part of the reason that Elliott likes reading so much is because he watches me read, too. He's excited that we got matching shirts (although he won't want to wear them at the same time out in public, I'm sure). And he wants to have a competition to see who can finish the 36 hours the fastest. He also wants to see who reads more books during that time, and said he would only count chapter books.
He gets an incentive prize if he reads for at least six hours I think, and also gets his name entered into a drawing for a big prize for every six hours he reads. Then if he reads a total of 36 hours, he gets a bigger prize. He read for about 40 minutes later in the day on Saturday, and then for over an hour yesterday. He's already read for more than 90 minutes today, so he is well on his way to his first prize.
We did the summer reading program on base last year as well, but we were on vacation when it ended, so he didn't end up getting the end prize. Last year we were went on two different vacations, though, so it was a really busy summer, and we didn't do a great job of keeping track of his reading the whole time, so he was a little bit short, when we went on the second vacation. This year we are only going on vacation to see my parents, and he will end up reading a bunch there I'm sure. He thinks he might even be able to finish the 36 hours before we leave for Missouri next month, so we shall see.