Are you ready for summer yet? No, really, we mean it!OK, we know its only April 2, but weve got so many exciting things to share with you, we just cant wait! Hear us out. Youve likely got a lot to do before the end of the school year (conferences, grading, planning, ah!), but weve got one more thing to add to your to-do list: on April 8, pre-register your students for the Scholastic Summer Challenge.It takes only minutes to do and it willbenefityou in the long run, we promise! Studies show that around back to school time, teachers typicallyspendfour to six weeks reteaching material students have forgotten over the summer. Well, the Scholastic Summer Challenge is a program put in place to prevent that from happening. In case youre new to the program this year, heres a bit about it: Now in its 7th year, the Scholastic Summer Challengeis a free reading program dedicated to stopping the Summer Slide and encouraging kids to read more books this summer. This year, kids are reading to famous historical and natural landmarks around the world, like the Taj Mahal, Mount Everest, The Eiffel Tower, and more!Kids log the minutes they spend reading as they Read for the World Record, enter sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes, and earn digital rewards when they complete weekly reading challenges.Once youve registered your class, youll be able to track their reading progress all summer long. Students can officially start logging minutes on May 6, 2013. Also new this year, the school with the most minutes read will win a school visit from Dav Pilkey, author of the popular Captain Underpants series! Plus, we have a FREE content calendar for teachers on Facebookcheck it out! Each day reveals a new resourcefrom videos to articles to giveawaysall around the topic of summer reading. All you have to do is like the Scholastic Teachers Facebook page to access it. We hope youjoinus on April 8th to pre-registeryour students. Its going to be a great summerwe just know it!