If you haven't signed up for this program and you have a preschooler, you simply must!
The initiative is run by The Victorian Public Libraries Network, on the back of research showing that the highest predictor of school success is children reading at home.
The program is free and super easy to sign up to – you can register at your local library with your child. Don't worry no lengthy paperwork just your name and a few details and you and your child are given your pack to get you started. The bag you are given contains stickers and your first chart to get started. Each time your child is reads a book they get a sticker on the chart and each time they finish they take the chart to the library to redeem a prize.
If your child is like mine, you don't need much encouragement for reading, but it definitely serves as a great bargaining tool – especially for bedtime!! My 3 year old loves stickers and to get a whole page to stick in place after each book is all the fun. The excitement really builds when you get to the last few spaces on the chart and she was so proud to hand it in at the library for her prize. The prize was just a simple box of pencils for the first 100 and I was a bit concerned that the enthusiasm might end there, but she was chuffed and still going strong on the next chart!
We better slow down though she thinks that when she finishes the 1000 she is going to school straight away!