Summer time is fast approaching and that means that school is just about to be over for the year. While kids enjoy the free time, parents struggle to have their children engaged in intellectual activities. Reading is one of those things that many children don’t pursue at this time of the year. Parents are forced to become creative in order to motivate the youngsters, and local community libraries put their own effort into this. Rewards for reading a book sometimes work, but they need to immediate and small in its size, so the child does not lose the focus on what is important in this activity.
- Small and immediate rewards work best if they are related to reading itself (e.g., a new book or magazine).
- Rewards shouldn’t be too easy, because then the reward becomes more important than the reading.
- Collaborative rewards and team-based contests can be useful for motivation.
“In the years my sons have been in school, they haven’t always had to fill out weekly reading logs, but when they’ve had to? Sometimes they work like magic, keeping the boys motivated to find and finish books.”