Thursday, October 29, 2009

The New Deal

There was lots of this going on around our house yesterday and today...


What?! Reading?


Of their own volition?


And without a full moon?


It's a simple formula, really.

THIS:


PLUS THIS:


EQUALS THIS:


TO BE REDEEMED FOR THIS:


The best part is that they have been reading books that are over 200 pages long! Ones that *I* want them to read!

A little computer or video game time for reading sounds like a great deal to me. And they are finding out that some of these books really are interesting!

So, am I the only bad momma that uses bribery special incentives to encourage reading?

15 comments:

Christine said...

I'll totally use that idea when my kids can read. :)

Tiany said...

Works around here :-) I think the more good books they read the more they enjoy it.

40winkzzz said...

i have never needed to bribe for reading, but i have used the tactic for other things! i currently owe my kids $23 towards a new video game (something i *never* buy them) bc that's how many mom-dollars are in the kitchen-clean-when-mom-gets-home-from-work jar.

i never thought of poker chips-- but we have sometimes used marbles.

Tracy said...

Fabulous for "winter" time!

Deedee said...

I love it! :o) I haven't had to bribe...Oops...I mean give incentives for reading because my oldest son won't put a book down and often falls asleep over one late at night. My youngest is still learning to read so this isn't an issue yet, but may become one as he would rather be drawing than reading. I'll keep it in mind! I'm glad I'm not the only one who drastically limits computer games though. LOL!

Ruthanne said...

We do the same exact thing for my girl. She loves her video games, but has to earn minutes from reading.

beckypdj said...

Clever mom! They usually like the book....once they get started!

NCMom said...

I don't have to bribe the boys to read this year. My youngest is really into the Redwall series and my oldest into the Warriors series. Plus, we are using Sonlight core 6 this year (for the first time.) There are so many good boy books in this core. I don't have to remind them to read!

I do like your incentive though. I will definitely keep it in mind for the summer! :)

Lainie said...

Oooh, liking this. I have my son play his violin to earn Nintendo DS time but I've never used a "token." He would dig the token thing :)

Alison said...

I've never had to bribe for reading, but I've been known to bribe for just about anything else.
Not sure about the poker chips though... LOL!!

Nikowa@KHA said...

I think that's an excellent idea!

ali said...

I LOVE that! I have been using games as an incentive, but you are so smart with the poker chips! They are like coins that can be redeemed. excellent!

Ali

Emily said...

I agree w/ your above comments, but nobody had the nerve to ask WHAT BOOKS!!! I'm horrified. You must fill me in. Even w/ chips, if the book is dreadful, who wants to read it?

Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home said...

I think you are quite possibly brilliant! So 30 minutes of reading equals how much video game time? Equal?

Theresa ♥ said...

I love this idea!!!!!