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Dr. Joanne Meier

Along with her background as a professor, researcher, writer, and teacher, Joanne Meier is a mom. Join Joanne every week as she shares her experiences raising her own young readers, and guides parents and teachers on the best practices in reading.

"Not much of an incentive" incentive reading program

June 18, 2007

Me: So Molly, would you like to add to your reading log for the summer reading program?

Molly: Um, no thanks. I've decided I don't want to do it.

Me: What?!? I mean...why sweetie? This is only the second week of it!

Molly: Because it's sort of silly. All you do is write down the names of some books, and then take it in and get some prize. Plus, they just stamp the sheet and hand it back. It doesn't matter.

Me: Oh, okay.

Molly: But, do you know where my Amber book is? I'm almost finished and I want to start the next one.

Humph. Such was the exchange this morning in our kitchen. I guess Molly's not much of an incentive program kid. She just wants to read. And she is reading, so I'm not complaining.

But now I'm wondering: Is your reader involved with a summer reading program? Are they excited/motivated/interested in it? If so, I'd love to hear about it!

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