Here’s how to do read-a-thon with kids with tons of fun read a thon ideas.
One of my favorite days in elementary school was our read a-thon days. Essentially we’d get a dedicated half-day of school time to read!
Sometimes there was a read-a-thon fundraiser where people would pledge an amount to donate for each page read. But often, it was a form of class part my that celebrated reading!
I was a high school English teacher for seven years, and I attribute these days to helping facilitate my early love of reading!
When it comes to summer activities for kids or holiday breaks, I think hosting a read-a-thon at home is a fantastic idea! Let me also add I do a version of these with toddlers to celebrate a theme or just read a ton of books. Any way works, but it’s a great time filler that keep kids happy and learning whenever you may need one!
Creating a REading Day At Home
- choose a day and hype it up
- Set up a space and time
- Keep your home quiet reading level
- Gather read-a-thon readers. Maybe you need a library trip or purchase a boxed set of boxs. Try to grab plenty of books per child and have read-a-thon readers ready to go!
read a thon Ideas
- hype it up
- Get snacks
- Allow treats
- Pop popcorn
- Visit the library
- Buy a new book
- Participate yourself
- Make part of it a read-a-loud
- Make part of it an audiobook listen. Get a free trial here!
- Wear pajamas
- Set up pillows, blankets, or sleeping bags
- Give a break time to talk and share what you’ve read
- Allow readers to read whatever they want
- Read a series
- Provide a theme to match the day
- Do your best to make it fun
My favorite part of the day was having dedicated reading time to whatever book I pleased. I’d often finished several! But a close second was treats.
My mom didn’t buy much candy, and allowing us to go choose a bag of our favorite to snack on while we read felt akin to magic.
I think the goal is to help kids enjoy reading. Also, to make them feel like it’s a special treat to get to enjoy books.
And if your home or classroom is silent for several hours who containing children, we’ll just call that an added bonus!
Photos: Chrissy Blake
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