During the school year, the kids are expected to read everyday. While RJ is reading, he is constantly asking "How much longer?" or "Am I done yet?" Now that school is over and the kiddos are home I tried to come up with a way to keep them reading throughout the summer.
I decided to go with a prize box for reading. The kids get a treat from this box for every book they read. I found this great Star Wars box from Michael's. It was on the clearance rack. I think it was about $7!
I picked up a bunch of stuff to fill up the box, mostly $5 or less. Since I have a 7 year old and a 14 year old I had to get a few things that would get MJ excited also. So I put in a few iTunes and Amazon gift cards for him also.
Now there are some rules to this prize box. The boys must read age appropriate books, give me a verbal book report and be able to answer any questions I have for them. Since MJ's books take longer to read than RJ's, MJ can get 2-3 prizes depending on the length of his book.
I wish my boys loved reading as much as I do but this little bit of bribery has been doing a good job of keeping a book in their hands. I hope that eventually they will learn to enjoy reading for the joy of the book and not for the prize. If not at least I know that they will be reading this summer.