|Our robot is coming together -yellow is body, |
red is arms; blue-legs; orange-neck, feet, hands.
So how is it going? We have had over 300 return visits to check in and get new game cards. Rather than weekly doo-dads, each time they return, kids get a sticker or two to help us build our robot - and money is donated to kid-friendly community organizations for the stickers as well.
We haven't heard a peep about "Where are the prizes?" or "Don't we get something besides a sticker?"
We had a hunch that this would be the case. We use stickers for 1000 Books and Baby Book Bees at each level. We also have stickers during each year's Smart Cookie Club that we offer to kids. And our Lego Check-out Club let's kids add lego bricks to a collaborative lego sculpture. So a significant number of kids expect and enjoy the concept of "building" or "making" something bigger with their contributions.
Kids are very excited about completing four game cards to receive a book. That is a goal that really motivates. And Sara's adaptions for the game cards (based on our transliteracy design from previous years) have made the program for school age kids fun and worthwhile. Reading and literacy activities have morphed from extrinsic to intrinsic rewards.
Sometimes our fear of what "might" happen keeps us from embracing change that moves us ahead. We'll keep you posted at the blog on how we do as we go further into the summer.
So far, so good!
And for an update on how we fund the book prizes, stop here! For an update on going prizeless ten days from the end of SLP, stop here! And for the final results, stop here