A great idea for summer–Super Summer Challenge

**Edited 2011**I’ve updated since we actually have done the Super Summer Challenge, and are now on our second year of this fun way to spend the summer–you can read more here.

At MOPS today we had a great speaker–Linda Wicks– talking about the Super Summer Challenge. Besides being incredibly fun to say over and over, the Super Summer Challenge is a wonderful way to motivate your children to do all sorts of tasks and achieve new heights. Aviana is a bit young for it this year, but I thought I would go ahead and share the source with you fine folks, so you could take advantage if you want.

Basically, you make a list of challenges for your children to meet, assign points to each challenge, set a number of points each child needs to earn based on ability and age, and decide on the prize the family will earn when everyone meets their point goal. Deceptively simple, and yet wondrously effective!

Go for it!

I’d love to hear how it turns out for you…
After MOPS we had a highly enjoyable picnic at the park. I’m so glad to finally be able to break out the sundresses and flip-flops!

One thought on “A great idea for summer–Super Summer Challenge

  1. BA says:

    Hi – we met at preschool music class a few years ago, and I recently came across your blog when searching the Super Summer Challenge. Mrs. Wicks came to our Moms group in April this year, and I decided to try the SSC. We have 4 boys, 11, 9, 5 & 2. I gave them their challenge on Memorial Day, after lunch. The 5 year old and 9 year old are most into it. The 11 year old was sort of "eh" about it, but has picked up speed each day. Today he actually picked up the toys in the living room, wiped down a bathroom, read 2 books (chapter books!) to his younger brother, practiced baseball for 1 hour with his brothers, played with his youngest brother at the playground during another brother's game, and made banana pudding for the whole family!!! This is a child for whom being neat is really tough! This evening he said "You mean, when I read to my brother, I earn points, and he does too? I am helping him get points? Cool!" Tomorrow he is going to work on some of his more challenging projects, for himself, but I sure do appreciate the initiative he gave today with his brothers and our family!

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