Oh.my.gosh. We're doing it!!!! We are not giving weekly prizes during summer reading program this year! Woooo-hooooo!
For those of you following the blog, you may remember that I stood on the precipice two years ago considering prizes or no prizes for our school age SLP component. My colleague Sara (who, while she blogs over at Bryce Don't Play, is also just a room away from me IRL) was encouraging last year, but I didn't have the time or the will to get the team together to solve the problems/design a weekly-prizeless summer.
But this year we were ready when planning time came around. We decided to do a three-pronged change-over.
First we morphed our weekly bookmarks into weekly game cards. As always, our summer program is not just about reading but about kids writing, using the library and engaging with the world around them. The new card design for the first week is below at the end of the post. As always, kids can do as many or as few of the game cards as they'd like. It's a free choice program.
Each time the kids finish a card - any five squares, they get a sticker to put on our robot. All squares filled in = 2 stickers.
And those stickers help us keep track! Kids will be participating to raise money for a local charity/child-friendly organization. We have three locations so the Humane Society, Children's Museum and local Eco-Park will receive the money raised. We think kids will love the thought of their reading helping out a worthy cause.
Next, each time kids return with their game card filled in, they will get a sticker that they will add to build our giant robot. We are using the CSLP Fizz Boom Read theme and clearly, we MUST build a robot.
Like every year, kids who return to the library with at least four completed game cards receive a free a book to keep. We are always thrilled to offer kids a book.
And we staffers will be reading hard too! Plans are afoot to track our reading so kids can see how their librarians are doing.
We are truly excited to take this no-prize step and look forward to navigating the reactions from the kids and parents....stay tuned! And more stay tuning!
|Slick new card designed by the team!|