Parents and teachers will be all too aware of the backward slide that often happens for children’s progress over the long summer holidays. I’m not one to suggest spending holidays doing homework, but keeping up with reading makes a lot of sense and it’s fun too. One way of keeping your child interested in reading over the summer is by using Reading Chest.
I’d like to share our Reading Chest story with you. A couple of years ago H was bringing home uninspiring reading books from school. He found them dull and wasn’t keen to read them. Many were from older schemes and they didn’t capture his imagination. So I started supplementing them with books from the local library. This started off ok, but got harder as he exhausted the selection on our local library shelves and I started having to order in books from across the city. This was doable, but a bit of a headache and sometimes a bit hit and miss. Then the local library branch had to close for some weeks while repair work was carried out. There was no way I could keep up the supply of books without having to spend considerable amounts of time and effort. So it was Reading Chest to the rescue.
We have 6 books out from Reading Chest at any one time (this is the gold package – there are others which cost less, but mean you can have fewer books) and when H has finished 2 or 3 we send them back in the prepaid envelope. We have up to 2 envelopes at any one time so we tend to send the books back 3 at a time. Then H reads the remaining 3 while the others are in transit back and forth. The books are banded and there is some help available on site to help you choose the right level. If you get it wrong, it’s easy to change the level online. You can choose to opt out of certain reading schemes (so if you child is reading Oxford Reading Tree at school you can ask not to have these) and you can choose to have fiction or non-fiction or both. There are loads of books to read, in fact in H’s current band there are 241 books. The books are all in good condition and H has loved the selections he’s been sent. He’s learnt a lot too from the non-fiction books (as have I).
The service has always been excellent and we have new books by return of post: 1 day to post from here; 1 day to be processed at Reading Chest and popped back in the post; and the next day they are posted through our letter box. It’s all been exceptionally easy and I can’t recommend the service highly enough. We’ll be using it over the summer to keep H’s reading up to scratch and because he enjoys the books so much, he’ll have fun doing it.
To get £5 off your first month of Reading Chest membership enter the discount code 92THREE30.