Read-Aloud Challenge Presented by Osceola Reads

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What is it?

The Read-Aloud Challenge is a reading challenge to encourage children to read out loud for at least 15 minutes a day for 21 days.

Who is it for?

Children ages 3-5 living in Osceola County who have not yet entered kindergarten.

Where will it take place?

Encourage your child to mark down on their tracker every day to read for at least 15 minutes. Younger readers can use their favorite stickers or color in the circles while older children may write a summary. It's entirely up to you and your family! 

Read-alouds can be done anywhere and to any audience:

  • A parent while making dinner
  • A family member while sitting on the couch
  • On the floor to a stuffed animal
  • Outside to a family pet
  • Together before bedtime 

Want to know the best part? All books count! That’s right, whether your child gravitates to a picture book, chapter book, novel, comic book, or a graphic novel, it’s all the same. Let them learn to love reading! We have a list of great books to read with your preschooler to help you get started and question stems you can use to get the most out of read-alouds. 

Why have a reading challenge?

By participating in the challenge, families will begin to make reading a daily habit. Why 21 times? Research shows that it takes 21 days to create a habit, which is the ultimate goal! 

Did you miss a day? That’s okay! Just pick up where you left off. Share how your challenge is going on social media using #ORReadAloudChallenge. 

How can I get started?

Print your tracker!

Each child can get their own to make it personal! Just hang it in a central location and start tracking. 

Choose a reward!

As parents, we know that our children learning to love reading is the real reward, but something tangible is often more motivational for kids. What is the greatest gift you can give our kids? Our time! So here are some ideas for some quality time rewards:

  • Family game night
  • Family field day 
  • Arts and craft night at home
  • Order takeout for lunch or dinner from their favorite restaurant or make their favorite meal together as a family
  • Picnic indoors or in the yard 
  • Movie night with their favorite snack
  • Indoor/outdoor scavenger hunt
  • Karaoke night
  • Water balloon fight
  • Family costume party 

Start reading, then celebrate!

Your child has read aloud 21 times - that is reason enough to jump for joy! Think of all the words that were read, conversations had, and the confidence gained because of 21 books!

Share your child’s success with us! We love to see photos of your family reading on Facebook and Instagram. Use #OsceolaReads so we can share your reading success with the community.

Resources for both parents and teachers