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Subject: Reading program/incentive
Date Posted: 8/13/2008 11:20 AM ET
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I am not a home schooler.  I have a 5th grade daughter who has struggled with reading for years.  She probably reads at a 3rd grade level.  Her 3rd grade brother reads at above grade level.  Both are reluctant readers.  I would like to initiate a reading program with incentives and would like your recommendations.

Last school year, I paid them $2 for reading 200 minutes per week plus $2 more for each additional 100 minutes.  Money worked for a few months, but wore down towards the end of the school year where I was lucky if they got their 200 minutes in.

Any recommendations would be welcome.

Date Posted: 8/13/2008 11:35 AM ET
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My son will be attending a virtual school for the first time this year.  He previously only attended traditional public school.  One of the things he said he will miss is shopping at the AR (accelerated reader) store.

So this year I am putting together a treasure box filled with little toys, snacks/candyhe normally wouldnt get on a regular basis, stickers, etc. and will use this for reading as well as other school based achievements, where he can "earn and shop". 

Don't know if this would fit your family, but thought I would pass it along.

Subject: reading incentive
Date Posted: 8/13/2008 11:40 AM ET
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This is a free website where the child can take quizzes on books they've read and earn points toward prizes. My son earned a 6-month subscription to Highlights and a book. There aren't a lot of prizes to choose from, and some aren't that great, but there is a way you can add your own prize/incentive. You can set the number of points required and the prize you want to give. The major benefit is that the quiz helps determine a) that your child actually read and b) that they are comprehending. Of course, not ALL books are on there, but there is a great selection.

Another thing to look into is a possibled learning disability. Lok at www.diannecraft.com and see if anything she talks about turns on a lightbulb. We found this year that our son has dysgraphia, which he hid extraordinarily well for a long time!



Date Posted: 8/13/2008 1:12 PM ET
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Andrea beat me to posting Book Adventure.  :-)

You can make your own rewards there.  They used to cycle through rewards years ago, but for the past one or so, they haven't changed.

My DS has used BA for six years and LOVES it.  He's not a reluctant reader, though.  He doesn't care about the points - he just loves taking tests!

Date Posted: 8/13/2008 5:30 PM ET
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I was just coming here to talk about the same thing. My daughter is a reluctant reader as well She had started reading a book but then flaked out on it. yesterday while at the store I picked her up some Hannah Montana socks. i did not tell her i got them, I only told her I got her something and to earn it she had to finish the book She flew throigh the rest of that book! Stayed up late last night and finished it this morning.

So I had her make a list of things she would like to have and I am now going to determine how many books she needs to read in order to earn these things.

Date Posted: 8/13/2008 5:56 PM ET
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I just made up the list for her. It is all made up of things that she decided she would like to have. hopefully it will get her reading more. My dh sees it as bribing her. I see it as giving her something to work toward I mean on jobs they give workers incentinves and bonuses right? Anyway here is the list: Remember this is all stuff she expressed she would like I had nothing to do with that part! ha ha



1 book = bottle of nail polish

2 books = bottle of nail polish and a pair of earrings

3 books = trip to DQ

4 books = sunglasses and a pair of earrings

5 books = New purse

6 books = new hat

7 books = new shoes

8 books = nail polish, earrings, and a shirt

9 books = Taylor Swift Shirt

10 books = Hannah Montana blanket


20 Books = ears pierced again with new earrings and a blizzard at DQ!

Date Posted: 8/14/2008 12:05 PM ET
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This summer we had a reading challage for our son (who loves to read by the way) but he had 3 months to read 3500 pages.  Which he did in just under 2 months.  We had a surprize for him at the end.  Next time we will definately have  to up the page count. :)  He also had to to keep a jounnal and write a comprehnsion question about each book.


Last Edited on: 8/14/08 12:06 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/14/2008 6:50 PM ET
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Thanks to all who replied.  I sincerely appreciate your time and your recommendations.

frugalmom - I will ask them for their "wish" list and do the same as you did - calculate the number of minutes needed to achieve that wish.  I'm afraid if I say so many books, then they will get simple books that only require a minimum amount of reading.

I also thought that maybe I could offer up the minutes that I read to them as part of the incentive.  Everyone I talked to said their best memories were of their mother reading to THEM.  Maybe that would help instill a love of reading.  What do you think?