8 Ways to Boost Your Scholastic Reading Club Bonus Points!
Straight from the teachers who know Scholastic Reading Club best, tips on how to get the most from the program, including free books, classroom resources, and electronics.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Whether you want to stock your library with new books or get the latest technology for your classroom, Scholastic Reading Club Bonus Points can help.
1. Plan Ahead and Make a Wish List
Before distributing Scholastic Reacing Club flyers, make your own wish list. “Take a look at what you need for your classroom,” says Terry Canning, the Assistant Director of All Aboard Childcare, a daycare in Valhalla, New York.
Then look at what’s available. “When you get the flyer in the mail every month, look through the promotions to figure out what to work toward,” says Meredith Burton, Director and Lead Teacher of Furman University Child Development Center in Greenville, South Carolina.
2. Set a Goal
Clearly outline your objective before distributing the flyers, be it earning a certain number or points or saving up for a specific product. “We always set a goal in our school that we can all work toward, so that each classroom can benefit from it,” says Canning. “Set a goal, and it’s amazing how quickly you can accumulate the points you need.”
For starters, take advantage of coupons and promotions. “I purchase as many books with free book coupons and free book picks as I can, so that I am not using my Bonus Points,” says Nancy Osterkamp, first grade teacher at Wardlaw Elementary School in Vallejo, California. Then, use your points strategically. Placing your orders ahead of time, grouping your orders together, and ordering online all earn extra points.
4. Involve Parents
Make sure to communicate with your students’ parents about the benefits of Scholastic Reading Club, such as free books and classroom resources. “Talk about Scholastic Reacing Club with parents so they are aware. If they’re aware, they’re more likely to participate,” says Yoshika Green, second grade teacher at Chapel Trail Elementary School in Pembroke Pines, Florida. “It’s a win-win situation, because you’re trying to order materials or books that will further benefit their children,” adds Canning.
“I attach a recommendation letter to the flyer my students get once a month,” says Osterkamp. “First, I give the kids time to read through the flyer. Then we go through it together, and they circle five books they would like to have. By sending the recommendation letter with the flyer, I get more orders, and as a result more Bonus Points.”
6. Send Out Reminders
Don’t forget to remind parents to order, via email or letters sent home. “They are busy, so they are apt to forget,” adds Green.
7. Order Online
“Encourage parents to order online, because each time they do their child's classroom receives a free book coupon,” says Green. “Also, allot a reasonable online ordering time span for parents so that they can take advantage of promotions.”
8. Start Now!
“Scholastic Reading Club is one of the only programs out there that rewards teachers with resources that are much needed,” says Green. “It allows students to purchase books at low cost. And there really is nothing better than that combination of rewards.”