Free Summer Reading Programs!

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Summer Reading Programs

FREE Summer Reading Programs 2016

School is almost out for the summer and I thought this would be a great time to share this huge list of FREE Summer Reading Programs I have compiled for you.

If you like this then you might also be interested in this list of Good Report Card Freebies

There are a LOT of great programs that your children can take advantage of to earn FREE books, prizes, and cash!

You can print out this list of FREE Summer Reading Programs here.

Need some kids book recommendations?  Check out this Kids Summer Reading Book List for lots of great ideas for all ages and all reading levels.

Kids Summer Reading Programs

Junie B Jones Reading Club – Sign up and get a FREE starter Kit that includes a copy of Junie B Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, Activity sheets and a membership ID card while supplies last.

Book Adventure – Sylvan offers this FREE reading incentive program. Basically your child reads books and then takes a simple comprehension quiz to make sure they understood what they read.  The quiz is usually about 10 questions long.  They earn points based on how much they remember from reading the book.

There are hundreds of books to choose from in all reading levels.  These are common books that can be found at your local library.  Once they have earned enough points they can trade them in for some really neat prizes!

Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays – Your child can earn a FREE movie ticket from National Amusements Theaters when they read a book and complete a book report.

Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination – This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives your child the ability to earn a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log.

Local Public Library – Don’t forget to check out your local libraries to find out which programs they’ll be offering this summer.  My kids have participated in several Summer reading Programs through the library and it always includes FREE books & prizes.

TD Bank Summer Reading Program – Read and keep track of 10 books this summer and your child will get $10 added to their Young Saver Account FREE!

Chuck E. Cheese – Earn FREE tokens every time your child reads.  Just print out the bookmarks which are each worth 5 FREE tokens and bring it in to claim your free tokens.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge – Log in your reading minutes to the Scholastic site and your child will be able to participate in a World Record challenge as well as earn digital prizes!

Six Flags Read to Succeed –  K-6 students who complete six hours of non-school-related reading approved by their parents and teachers are eligible for free admission to their nearest theme park.

Programs like these are a great way to encourage our children to continue reading throughout the summer months.  If you know of any other programs that aren’t listed here, please feel free to leave the information in a comment below.

You can find LOTS more Educational Freebies here!

FREE Vacation Bible School Curriculum!

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FREE Vacation Bible School Curriculum

I have many great memories planning Vacation Bible School with my friends and family and seeing how lives were touched during that week.

I shared this FREE Vacation Bible School Curriculum last year, and I know it was a blessing to many.  That is why I am sharing it here again for those of you already thinking about your VBS programs.

You can download everything from The Armor Of God Vacation Bible School Curriculum FREE!

I remember how much I loved working on VBS each year for the kids in my local neighborhood!  It was a great time to serve as a family while giving kids the chance to see God in us.  I belonged to a very small urban church at the time that didn’t have a lot of extra funds so we used our imagination to come up with inexpensive treats, crafts, and decorations.

Eventually my friend who was in charge of everything decided to write her own curriculum to save on the over priced ones available.  I know she put hours into preparing everything.  This curriculum is completely FREE!

It includes a printable Directors manual, student activity books, teacher handbooks, coloring pages, craft ideas, and much more!

You can also find a Fruit of the Spirit FREE Vacation Bible School Curriculum here.


Good Report Card Freebies

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Good Report Card Freebies 2016

Now that the end of the school year is approaching I thought this would be a good time to reshare the current list of Good Report Card Freebies for kids who bring home good report cards!  This way you can use them as incentives to motivate your kids to finish the year odd strong!

Chuck E. Cheese – Chuck E. Cheese believes in the value of a good education. Choose from the Super Student Award or Graduation Certificate and receive FREE tokens for being a good student.

Krispy Kreme – Get a free original glazed donut for each A (up to 6 A’s).

Chick-fil-A – Bring in your all A’s and B’s report card and receive a FREE 8 pack nuggets! Call ahead to your location to see if they are participating

Pizza Hut – Each marking period, any child who has 3 A’s or the equivalent thereof, will receive one Personal Pan Pizza and a small soft drink or carton of milk by presenting his or her report card to the manager. This offer is good for Elementary and Middle School students. Dine-in only. Student must be present and the original report card must be presented. Available at participating locations.

McDonalds – If your child has a straight “A” report card, he/she can receive a FREE Happy Meal. This may vary by location so call ahead first!

Family Video – Throughout the month of June, Family Video gives a FREE overnight movie or game rental to
students for every ‘A’ they receive on their final report card in any core subjects designed to ensure that we are an active, participating member of the community in which our store is located.

Cheryl’s Cookies – Get up to 3 FREE Cookies for A’s.

Cold Stone Creamery – Not on a national level, but the stores are individual owned & operated so the best thing to do would be to ask your local store as some have offered them in the past.

Bank Rewards – A reader sent in the tip to check with your local banks and credit unions as many of them offer money rewards for good grades as well.

Applebee’s – Designed for grade school students, this reward card for teachers is available to motivate positive behavior (you set the criteria), and is yours for the asking!

Wendy’s – A report card with A’s and B’s earns a treat. Show the cashier your report card before ordering.

Kudzoo App – Middle school and college students can download the FREE Kudzoo app and build Kudzoo cash to use in your favorite places, from restaurants to concerts. Earn the grades, scan the report cards then spend your Kudzoo cash! There is also a daily challenge round and coupons to help college students boost their savings!

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Although I did contact each company to verify their participation again this year, I always suggest calling ahead to be sure that your area business is participating. The last thing you want is a disappointed child with a good report card right?

Also if you are a homeschooling family, check out this list of links to free printable report cards.

If you know of any more offers that should be added to the list feel free to email me krsawicki(at)yahoo(dot)com, or leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list for everyone to see!

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Free Kids Gardening Curriculum

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Organic Gardening is offering a FREE Kids Gardening Curriculum!

This is a fun and educational way to keep your kids happy on long Summer days, while teaching them new and valuable lessons.

When my kids were growing up, I always included them in my gardening.  There is evidence to suggest that kids who garden are more interested in eating their veggies along the way!

In fact even their friends from the neighborhood would come over looking for fun things to eat from the garden, helping me pull weeds, harvesting seeds, and watering the garden which almost always turned into a water fight!

Many recent studies have been conducted which prove that gardening increases nutritional awareness and may even affect children’s vegetable consumption!

This statistic, coupled with the fact that kids today spend two hours less on sports and activities per week than they did 20 years ago, makes DIG, PLANT, GROW! not just a fun educational tool, but a necessary one – getting children outside, seeing the fruits (literally!) of their labor is a great way to teach lifelong valuable lessons and empower kids to build a sustainable agricultural future.

Might I suggest the Sweetpea TeePee for a fun way to create a fort your kids will love!

Get your FREE Kids Gardening Curriculum today!

Homemade Resurrection Eggs Printables + Instructions

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*UPDATED: Now includes a smaller version of the printables to make your own Homemade Resurrection Eggs.

When my kids were younger, I always loved sharing the story of Christ using our own Resurrection Eggs.

You can buy the Complete Resurrection Eggs Kit for $19.99 or you can make your own using the directions below.

All you need is a package of 12 plastic easter Eggs, an empty egg carton, and the printable Resurrection Eggs Scripture Verses below.


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You can choose to add small trinkets to the eggs too if you think that will help your little ones understand the story better.

  • a small blade of grass to represent a palm branch at Jesus’ triumphal entry.
  • 3 quarters to represent the 30 pieces of silver that Judas Iscariot received
  • a cracker to represent the Last Supper
  • a tiny piece of paper rolled into a scroll to represent Jesus’ prayer in the garden
  • a piece of rope or yarn to represent the soldier’s whipping Jesus
  • a thorn to represent the crown of thorns
  • 2 small nails to represent the nails and the cross
  • Mini dice to represent the soldier’s casting lots for Jesus’ clothes
  • a toothpick with one end broken off to represent the spear piercing Jesus’ side
  • a piece thin white fabric to represent Joseph wrapping Jesus in clean linen cloth
  • a rock to represent the stone rolled in front of the tomb
  • the final egg is empty to represent the empty tomb.

If you don’t want to gather the trinkets or want a less expensive version, you can just use the FREE Resurrection Eggs Printable trinkets instead.

Using a permanent marker, number each of the 12 plastic eggs 1-12 and fill each egg with the correct scripture and trinkets.

This is a great way to share the Resurrection Story with even your littlest ones.

I also think this is a great Printable Resurrection Egg idea too!

Free St. Patrick’s Day Activities For Kids!

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St. Patrick's Day Activities

St. Patrick’s Day is coming soon, and in honor of that I thought I’d share some of my favorite Free St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids!

We really love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It could be because we are Irish, or just because we love the story of Patrick. Whatever it is we start get excited about this days ahead of time.

Of course it wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a great Corned Beef dinner!

I am planning on making Corned Beef, Potatoes & Carrots, and this super easy authentic Irish Soda Bread recipe.

And for dessert we’ll be having homemade green Shamrock Shakes.

We have always read the story of Patrick out of the book Trial and Triumph. If you don’t happen to have this book, you can find the story online.

St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t need to be the same ordinary homeschooling day when you incorporate a few of these extra special activities .

The History Channel has a few clips online that you can watch to learn more about St. Patrick’s Day.

You can get a FREE St. Patrick’s Day Unit Study that covers all the school subjects, and it is free!

Rainbow Science is a lot of fun!  Who wouldn’t love to create their own rainbow?

Enchanted Learning has several math projects.

You could take some time to learn about the customs and people of Ireland. You could also learn the geography of the area.

You might like to check out this list of free printable Celtic Fairy Tales to share with your kids today.

This site has a great list of ideas to use as well.

I hope that you are able to use some of these ideas to create an extra special St. Patrick’s Day for your family!