Last week I read a post, linked into my Let kids be kids linky, over at 92three30, by the lovely Erica Hughes. It was a reading challenge. It really inspired me to do something similar for BB.
We love christmas and all the build up to it, but sometimes it can get a bit much and by the time christmas comes, the children are all very hyped up. So, I thought, how about setting a reading challenge for BB to complete through December. It may give us something else to focus on aside from Christmas.
I wrote out a list of things for BB to read/do before christmas and if he completes it, he will get a prize. I thought, I would take him to a book shop and let him choose a book to buy.
Here’s the reading challenge…..
- Read a christmas book
- Read the nativity story
- Read a leaflet
- Read the back of a cereal packet
- Visit the library
- Read a non-fiction book
- Read the blurb from a book you’ve not read
- Read a magazine
- Read a poem
- Read some road signs
- Read some signs in shop windows
- Read a book aloud to a sibling (or other child)
- Tell an adult about your favourite book
- Read a comic
- Read the instructions from a game
As BB is only 5 and a half, he will need help with these, but I think that is all part of it.
I then thought, how about getting some of his friends involved, so I asked his two best friends, if they fancied joining in and both have happily accepted the challenge.
Next, I wanted to make the challenge visual too (as they’re only 5), so I set about painting three christmas trees. I then cut out 15 circles (for each) of coloured paper and wrote each challenge on one. When a challenge is complete, BB can stick the circle on his xmas tree like a bauble and see how well he is doing.
I am really excited about this, as I can see BB is very keen and his friends are also getting excited about it. This morning BB got up and said “it’s December, that means I can start my challenge”, then immediately grabbed a book (a new book) and sat and read it to his sisters.
It was so lovely to watch! I really hope it continues and he completes it. I am not going to push him to do it, as it is supposed to be fun, I am hoping he will continue to want to.
Thank you very much Erica Hughes for this idea (and some of the challenges).