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Schoolhouse Teachers Summer Reading Program … Win Gift Cards …

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Summer is an excellent time for diving deep into good books!

SchoolhouseTeachers.com’s Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage kids to read every day, plus they can enter to win one of two $25 Amazon gift cards.

The more weeks you participate, the more chances you have to win.

Come join the fun!
Contest ends July 31, 2017.

The reading contest begins on June 4, 2017, and ends on July 31, 2017. On July 1 and August 1, 2017, one winner will be drawn randomly from the completed reading logs. Each winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

See site for details.

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Give Me Twenty Reading Readiness Challenge for Pre-schoolers

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Book It!
shines a spotlight on establishing a reading routine for young readers and families by issuing the Give Me Twenty Challenge each spring and fall.

The goal of the challenge is to build reading-readiness skills and develop an at-home reading routine over an eight-week period.

The Give Me Twenty challenge is open to anyone who has a preschooler.

Parents can do this with their own children or it can be done in classrooms or child care facilities.

 

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How does it work?

1. Read to your child(ren) for at least 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week during the 8 weeks of the challenge.

2. Keep track of how much reading is completed. You may use the reading activities included in the challenge.

3. Prizes! When you complete the challenge you can enter to win prize packages.


READY TO GET STARTED?

Here’s the link for the information you need to register and get started:
Spring Give Me Twenty Challenge

 

The Kissing Hand, written by Audrey Penn is the featured partner for the Book It! Spring Give Me Twenty Reading Challenge.

Register for Six Flags Read to Succeed Incentive Program & get Free Admission

It’s time to register for the 30th anniversary season of the 2015-2016 Read To Succeed Reading program.

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The Six Flags Read to Succeed Program is now accepting registrations for the 2015-2016 school year. If you participated last year your online account is still active. You can login and confirm your information is still correct and make any updates, if needed!

If you are new to the program, registration is now open so you can sign up today.

The deadline for logging your student’s reading hours is: March 1, 2016 at 5pm CST.

It takes less than five minutes to reserve your spot, and you have until March 1st, 2016 to enter all of your student names and reading hours.

All you need to do is sign up your students and download your new reading logs.

This is a free program sponsored by Six Flags and it is very homeschool friendly.  Not only are your children (K-6th grade) rewarded for extra reading but you as the homeschool teacher get a free ticket, too!

Can you say affordable family outing next summer? I thought you could.

Register now!

Six Flags Read to Succeed Program Registrations for the 2014-2015 school year

Final Reminder to Register
The Six Flags Read to Succeed Program is still accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year!

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Read to Succeed is a FREE educational program that encourages kids to read for fun. Students in grades K-6 at participating schools and homeschools can earn free admission tickets to a Six Flags theme park.
Students who complete six hours of recreational, nonschool-related reading are eligible to earn a free admission ticket to a participating Six Flags theme park.

Parent / Teachers whose homeschool students participate and complete the program are also eligible to earn a free ticket.

Registration takes 5 minutes.

It takes less than five minutes to reserve your spot, and you have until March 2nd, 2015 to enter all of your student names and reading hours.

If you participated last year your online account is still active, and it takes just a few minutes to sign up your class and download your new reading logs.

You can login and confirm your information is still correct and make any updates, if needed.

Registration Deadline is March 2, 2015

Once you login to your account, you can download everything you need to get started from your Teacher Toolbox in your online account. Your Teacher Toolbox will have the Student Reading Log, Parent Letter and instructional guides. Your students can begin logging their hours as soon as you hand out the Student Reading Logs.

Register for Read To Succeed

 

A few quick facts about registration:

  • Time Requirement: 5 minutes for initial registration
  • Browser Compatibility: Updated to work with all browsers!
  • Deadline: Deadline to enter students is March 2, 2015
  • Cost to Participate: Free

Let Six Flags help you encourage your students to read!

We did mention that it’s free, right6F ?!

 

Kwik Books Reading Incentive from Kwik Trip, Inc.

Kwik Books Reading Incentive SW Wisconsin Homeschools GroupKwik Books is a free reading incentive program offered by Kwik Trip, Incorporated  for preschool through 6th grade students.

Here’s how it can work if you are a homeschool family in our area…

Homeschooled students preschool through 6th grade are eligible to participate in the Kwik Books Program through our Southwest Wisconsin Homeschool Group Enrollment.

Each child meeting the  monthly reading goal is rewarded – by the homeschool parent/teacher, with a certificate for a FREE slice of Cheese Mountain Pizza, available at any Kwik Trip or Kwik Star store.  *** Please Note Program Change for 2014-15 from a slice of Cheese Mountain Pizza to a Kitchen Cravings® Cheeseburger or Chicken Sandwich.Hot-Food-Header-rans

The reading goal for our group enrollment is for each child to read (or be read to) a minimum of two extra hours (i.e., not part of daily schoolwork) during the month.

The program runs from September 1st through May 31st.

You may sign-up at any time during the year.

Here’s what you need to do to participate in Kwik Books as a homeschooler through Southwest Wisconsin Homeschools:

1) Send an email – Specify the months in which you will participate in the program and include the names and ages/grades * preschool through 6th graders are eligible* of your child(ren) participating in the program, your contact information (address/phone), and your homeschool group (if any).

2) You will receive a confirmation email with further instructions.

3) You will need to mail a stamped self-addressed business-size envelope – one for each child participating. Your certificates will be mailed back to you as soon as possible in the envelopes that you provide.

Say yay, for reading!

More … Most parents are interested in the ingredients of the food they give their children.  As a courtesy for those who wish to see the ingredients and nutrition information, we have the following sheet from Kwik Trip’s website for their cheeseburgers and chicken sandwiches: Kwik Trip Nutrition Info – Cheeseburger, Chicken Sandwich


Click the Reading Incentive Program page here, for the complete run-down on other programs.

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Earn FREE tickets to Six Flags theme parks! LAST CHANCE!!!

If your child has been reading a lot already, this could work out really well for you…

Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn free tickets to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it’s a great way to motivate kids to read.  For homeschools, the parent gets a free ticket, too!!!

https://feedback.sixflags.com/rts/default.aspx

Final Deadline Extended Until Wednesday, March 6 at 5pm

Because of the snow and inclement weather conditions in several areas of the country we have decided to extend the deadline to enter all of your students until Wednesday, March 6 at 5pm CST. Teachers who can should enter all of their students today, but those who cannot may finish up their registration over the weekend or early next week. This is a one time, special extension — in order to get tickets ordered and sent out on time, we will need to close the site at 5pm Wednesday. Logs must still be mailed (and postmarked) no later than Friday, March 8.

https://swischomeschools.wordpress.com/reading-incentive-programs/

Parent Letter 2012/13
Homeschool FAQs

Print this –>  Student Reading Log 2012 2013

Student Reading Logs due (postmarked by) March 8, 2013
Please mail the logs to:
Six Flags Read to Succeed
PO Box 113
North Haven, CT 06473

Here’s what you need to know:
Only students in grades K through 6 are eligible to participate.
Your child should use the Reading Log to record what and how long he/she reads.
Your child must complete six hours, or 360 minutes, of recreational reading. Please initial each entry and then sign the reading log to verify that the six hours of reading has been completed.
Your child can read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books.
Reading for homework or a class assignment does not count.
Kids can read silently, aloud, or with an adult—you can read to your child, or your child can read to you.
After your students have finished and you have entered their reading hours onto our web site, mail the completed reading logs to: 
Six Flags Read to Succeed, PO Box 113, North Haven, CT 06473. Postmarked by March 8th, 2013.
Late entries will not be accepted.

About the Tickets:
You will receive an email with a link to print your tickets.
The tickets are valid for admission on the dates listed during the 2013 season.
Tickets are valid for students in grades K-6 only and are not valid for anyone over the age of 13.
Tickets are not for resale and are nontransferable. They cannot be replaced if lost, stolen or damaged.

Six Flags Great America Homeschool Day

Home School Day for the 2013 season will be held on August 26th. When more
information regarding the event has been finalized, you will find in on the
Events page of our website at
http://www.sixflags.com/greatAmerica/events/CalendarEvents.aspx.

If you have any further questions or concerns, we will be glad to answer
them via email response or by phone. You can reach us at (847) 249-INFO
(4636) during our office hours (10am-2pm), Monday through Friday.

Thank you,
Jason
Guest Services Supervisor
Six Flags Great America

Reading Incentive Programs UPDATE: Kwik, Wet, and Wild

I get a lot of questions about Reading Incentives for homeschoolers in Wisconsin, so here’s the current news on KWIK BOOKS and NOAH’S ARK DIVE INTO READING and Six Flags READ TO SUCCEED!!!

In Wisconsin, “Quick” is spelled “Kwik”…

Kwik Trip, Incorporated sponsors a Student Reading Incentive Program called “Kwik Books” for preschool through 6th grade students.  Homeschooled students are eligible to participate in the Kwik Books Program through our Southwest Wisconsin Homeschool Group Enrollment. Each child meeting the  monthly reading goal is rewarded – by the homeschool parent/teacher, with a certificate for a FREE slice of Cheese Mountain Pizza, available at any Kwik Trip or Kwik Star store.  The reading goal for our group enrollment is for each child to read (or be read to) a minimum of two extra hours (i.e., not part of daily schoolwork) during the month. The program runs from September 2012 through May 2013.  You may sign-up at any time during the year.
** Sign-up for the 2013-14 School Year.**

Here’s what you need to do to participate in Kwik Books as a homeschooler through the Southwest Wisconsin Homeschool Group Enrollment:
1) Send an email to swischomeschools@gmail.com — Specify the months in which you will participate in the program and include the names and ages/grades of your child(ren) participating in the program, your contact information (address/phone), and your homeschool group (if any).
2) You will receive a confirmation email with further instructions.
3) You will need to mail a stamped self-addressed business-size envelope – one for each child participating. Your certificates will be mailed back to you as soon as possible in the envelopes that you provide.
Smile and say yay, pizza for reading!

In Wisconsin, we have the Dells — a.k.a., the Water Park Capital of the World — and we have the country’s largest outdoor waterpark, Noah’s Ark… 

** Noah’s Ark Waterpark discontinued their reading incentive program in 2012.**

Noah’s Ark Water Park in Wisconsin Dells has been sponsoring their annual Dive Into Reading Program for grades K – 6  for quite a few years.

For 2012-13 we’ve been told that Noah’s Ark Waterpark is in the process of developing a new Student Rewards Program to take the place of Dive Into Reading.  Officially all they’ve stated is that “it will be a different sort of program” and they will release any details in mid-October 2012.

As long as you’re here, why not sign up for updates? Look for the link near the top right-hand side of this page to sign up. Then you’ll know what I know, when I know it!

As of 10/27/12, we are still waiting for information from the Noah’s Ark Reading Program Coordinator as to the details for this year. They’ve said it will be completely NEW!  Stay tuned for more information on registration in Southwest Wisconsin Homeschool Group Enrollment in the new Noah’s Ark Waterpark Student Reading Rewards Program.

UPDATE November 20, 2012:

In order to reduce the administrative burden for both teachers and park staff, Noah’s Ark will continue to support scholarships in our schools with our very popular “a Days” while eliminating the reading program.

The “A Days” program admits any student with an “A” (or highest grade available on their report card) for free on one of the designated “A Days!”   “A Days dates from the 2013 season will be determined and released on June 1st.   Please call our office at 608-254-6351 on June 1st or after to obtain the dates.

Thank you for your participation and we hope to see you this summer.

Sincerely,
Noah’s Ark

Not much else I can say about that, except major disappointment, huh?
Oh well, at least they will still have “A” Days.  (And there’s a water park option at Six Flags!!!)

In south Wisconsin, we are near Six Flags Great America, north of Chicago in Gurnee Illinois…

Here’s the latest on Six Flags Read To Succeed

Every year Six Flags Theme Parks offers an exciting opportunity for your K-6th grade children to earn free theme park pass for reading.

Go to Six Flags Read to Succeed. Create a new account for your family. Choose the homeschool option and tell them how many children you’re homeschooling, which grades, etc. Not only will your homeschool children receive a free theme park pass, but one homeschool parent/teacher receives a free pass as well!  You’ll find when you register that there are several Six Flag locations across the country. After you register you’ll receive emails from Read to Succeed with further information on how to complete the program and turn in reading information. :)


Click the Reading Incentive Program page here, for the complete run-down on these and other free programs.

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Six Flags Read To Succeed Homeschool Edition

For 2014-15 update click here

Reward Reading with Six Flags Tickets!

K-6 students who complete six hours of recreational reading can earn a free Six Flags ticket. Best of all, teachers win too!

The 2011-2012 program is now open! Read to Succeed is a free educational program from Six Flags and Discovery Education that inspires K-6 students to engage in recreational reading.  Students who complete six hours of recreational, non-school-related reading are eligible to earn a free admission ticket to a participating Six Flags theme park.

Six Flags and Discovery Education are excited to announce the launch of Read to Succeed 2011-2012

All homeschool students in Grades Kindergarten through 6th, within 250 miles of a participating Six Flags theme park are eligible to participate.  And the neat part about this one, is that one homeschool parent/teacher gets a free ticket, too!

When you go to their online registration page, there is an immediate  pop-up screen that asks if you are a Homeschool.   By clicking “yes” you go straight into their online registration screen.  You will need to provide your full name, address, phone number, email, and your children’s names and grades, choose a password and verify to abide by their homeschool terms and conditions.

They have a free webinar on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 7pm EST to share what’s new this year and answer any questions you may have.   The webinar will be archived to look at later.

The deadline for registering is March 1st and for completion March 9th, 2012.

Please mail all completed reading logs to Six Flags, Attn: Read to Succeed, 924 Avenue J East, Grand Prairie, TX 75050 by March 9, 2012.

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If you participated last year, you should have received an email from Discovery Education about the Six Flags Read To Succeed Program for this year.

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The 2011-2012 Read to Succeed program has new and exciting changes this year! Homeschools should use this page to access all of their Read to Succeed information, including program information and updates, and registration/submission instructions.

Step-by-Step Guides

Registration Guide
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Submission Instructions
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Homeschool FAQ

Click here to check out what’s new, what’s changed, and answers to the most frequently asked questions for this year’s Read to Succeed program.

Register for Read to Succeed

Homeschool teachers can now register for the 2011-2012 Read to Succeed program! This year, every homeschool teacher must register as an individual family, even if you participated in the program previously as a homeschool co-op, organization or group. All homeschool teachers must register in order to participate in the program.  Register Today

VERY IMPORTANT: When you register, you must verify that you have read the read the Six Flags Read to Succeed homeschool terms and conditions.

Homeschools Terms and Conditions

“By submitting my registration, I verify that I operate a legitimate homeschool whose students will be participating in the Read to Succeed program by each completing six hours of recreational reading. I understand and agree that Six Flags and/or Discovery Education have the right to remove me and my students from the program in their sole discretion if they reasonably believe the foregoing verification is not accurate or if I or my students do not otherwise comply with any application requirements for participation in the Read to Succeed program.

Only one homeschool per mailing address is allowed. Homeschools will not be eligible for a coordinator ticket. Each homeschool is eligible for one teacher ticket only.

NOTE: This checkbox must be checked for a homeschool to successfully register for this program.”

Read to Succeed is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, October 27 at 7pm EST to share what’s new this year and answer any questions you may have.  The webinar will be archived on the Read to Succeed website if you would like to refer to it later. Register for the webinar now.

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The deadline for registering is March 1st and for completion March 9th, 2012.

Please mail all completed reading logs to Six Flags, Attn: Read to Succeed, 924 Avenue J East, Grand Prairie, TX 75050 by March 9, 2012.

SixFlagsReadToSucceed2011-12Reading Log

For 2012 / 2013 Update click here

Kwik Trip “Kwik Books” Reading Incentive

To help promote reading Kwik Trip, Incorporated has created their Kwik Books program.

 

Click here for 2013/2014 details

This is a free reading incentive program sponsored by Kwik Trip, started in 2010.  Each student completing the reading goal for the month gets a FREE slice of Cheese Mountain Pizza from any Kwik Trip store in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. (Availability may vary by location.)

It’s pretty simple:

This is for children from preschool through 6th grade, so younger children can be read to and of course older ones do the reading on their own.

The program runs from September through May.

 

You’ll need to sign-up each year.  2013/2014 details

Homeschool Groups and Schools are eligible to participate.  You can get the information on how to have your group or school participate by contacting Kwik Trip, Incorporated Corporate offices in La Crosse WI.

Individual homeschool families in southwest Wisconsin may participate in the Kwik Trip Kwik Books Reading Program through Southwest Wisconsin Community of Homeschools.  

Our Southwest Wisconsin Homeschools group reading goal is a minimum of two hours per month of non-school related reading. Since you know your child’s capabilities, you can use this goal as a starting point — and then personalize it to stretch and encourage your kids to read more.

When you sign up for Kwik Trip’s Kwik Books Program with the Southwest Wisconsin Homeschool Community , you will receive the Kwik Books certificates that you use to reward your child when he or she meets the monthly reading goal.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Email swischomeschools@gmail.com to say that you’re interested in participating and let me know your name, address, and phone number, how many of your (preschool through 6th grade) homeschooled children will be participating , and the name of your local homeschool group if any. 
  2. You’ll get a confirmation email with an address to mail your name, your child(ren)s names and grades  – with a self-addressed stamped business-size envelope for each child.  You will receive all the certificates for the entire year for each student in the envelope that you send in.
  3. Keep track of the number of hours of student reading.  Keeping track is a key element so that you know that the goal has been met.

What I’ve found works for my kids, is to keep a simple chart to focus on the goal’s measurement and accountability.  Sometimes this is just a sheet of paper with handwritten notes of the date, time spent, and the reading material. For the littler ones that are being read to, you’ll have to keep track for them, but students reading on their own – are able to fill in the data on their own, creating additional responsibility and independence.  A bonus is that the reading logs become a book reference which can help with overall record keeping.

  • When the month’s reading goal (minimum 2 hours per month) is completed, fill out the certificate and take your child to a Kwik Trip to get the free slice of pizza.
  • The responsibility is on you as the parent /homeschool teacher to verify that the goal has been achieved.
  • Students may redeem their certificates up to one month after the date issued.
  • Kwik Trip is sponsoring this program as an award for children who have met their reading goals.  Please use only one certificate per child per month.
  • You can sign up at any time during the school year to participate in Kwik Books through Southwest Wisconsin Homeschools.
  • Just email swischomeschools@gmail.com and as long as I still have a supply of Kwik Books certificates you can still participate.

Yay, pizza for reading!

UPDATE: 2012/2013 details   2013/2014 details

Check the Reading Incentive Page for other programs.

If you are looking for information on having your school or homeschool group participate in the Kwik Books Reading Program, you should contact Kwik Trip’s Corporate Office in La Crosse.

Kwik Trip Inc Kwik Books 2011 signup letter CLICK the image to DOWNLOAD

Here’s the pdf with the information to sign up your school or homeschool group.

Six Flags Read To Succeed UPDATE

Six Flags Read To Succeed program has changed for this year. Homeschool families within a radius of 250 miles of a Six Flags park can sign up to participate this year. There are two options open to homeschools: 1) You may sign up on your own as an individual homeschool. 2) You may sign up as part of the Southwest Wisconsin Community of Homeschools group.

For many, submitting the registration information online as an individual homeschool will work out as the best option. For any others, we will still be coordinating the group submission. You will need to contact the coordinator right away if you want to be part of the group submission.

All registrations (individual or group) must be done online at the Discovery Education Read To Succeed website before January 25th in order to participate in the program.

With the group submission we can register a homeschool family that does not have an email address.  Contact the coordinator (swischomeschools@gmail.com) for details.

Read to Succeed is a free educational program sponsored by Six Flags to inspire kids in grades K through 6 to engage in recreational reading.

Students who complete six hours of recreational, nonschool-related reading are eligible to earn a free admission ticket to a participating Six Flags theme park.

Parent/Teachers whose homeschool students participate and complete the program are also eligible to earn a free ticket.

The program runs from January 1st to March 4th, 2011.

You must be registered before January 25th to participate.

Contact the coordinator swischomeschools@gmail.com for details or to register your homeschool students for the program.