Queensland Premier’s Reading Challenge
It’s that time of year! The Premier’s Reading Challenge is on again and parents are busily filling in forms and reporting sheets. So what’s the Premier’s Reading Challenge all about and is it something you should be doing with your child?
Encouraging reading in kids
The Premier’s Reading Challenge is not actually a compulsory activity but schools embrace it because it encourages children to read more. If you’re the parent of an enthusiastic reader, you may choose not to participate. For kids who read reluctantly, the promise of a certificate may be enough motivation to up their reading game.
The side benefit to participation
There is a recommended reading list for the challenge, broken down by age group. The benefit of the reading list is that they cover a broad selection of age appropriate topics by credible authors. Expanding your child’s interests and getting them “hooked” on new authors is a benefit for families who already boast strong readers. On the downside, these books are likely to be checked out of the school library for the duration of the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
2017 Queensland Premier’s Reading Challenge
Participation and parent responsibilities:
Register: Complete the form found here (or from your school).
Complete the diary: Keep track of what your child has read so that you can report at the end of the challenge. Download the reporting form here,
Challenge: Read a minimum of 20 books (prep to year 4) or 15 books (years 5-9)
Additional credit: Home readers and books that your child would read anyway are counted
Key Dates for 2017 Reading Challenge:
15 May to 25 August 2017
25 August – submit your reading records to school
8 September: Certificates of Participation available for download
October: Certificates of Achievement issued
November 6 – 17: Celebration weeks for keen Queensland readers
How can you help light the literacy spark?
Got challenges? Families is here to help:
- Reading with kids helps them develop a passion for reading.
- Reading Eggs can help kids develop literacy skills faster.
- Delaying prep entry may help your child feel more confident in the early years of school
- Help for parents of kids with special learning needs.