Today I am excited to be working with Disney Book Group to share our experience so far with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Summer Reading Program!
School is out, and boy are we loving it! How are your kids doing on their summer reading? We are now on the 2nd book of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series- The Sea of Monsters, and they are absolutely loving it! To celebrate starting book #2, we decided to have a little picnic with the boys with all blue foods (Percy’s Favorite). We made blueberry muffins, and jam. I think the favorite of the day was the blue Italian ice, though. I have truly enjoyed watching how excited the boys have gotten for each chapter, and my heavens Beckham has gotten so incredible at reading! There is no doubt in my mind he will go back to school with tons of confidence! Man, this boy can read!
I think the best part about this program—in which we’ve challenged Beckham to finish the entire 5-book series by the end of this summer— is that it truly fosters a love for reading. I never have to tell the kids to get in their ten minutes in. In fact- I’ve caught Beckham upstairs reading the next chapter when he should have been in bed. They are just so excited to find out what happens next!
If you are a fellow mom who would love to help give her kids a love for reading, I would highly suggest this book series. Not only are the stories captivating, but (in my honest opinion) it also teaches that disabilities can also represent great strengths. My oldest son has ADHD and my second has Cerebral Palsy. I feel this series has given them such perspective that with hard work, they can do great things!
To get your kids excited for this series, I’m also sharing my famous blueberry jam recipe. It is delicious, and perfectly appropriate for the program.
Sugar Free Blueberry Jam
• 2 cups / 300g blueberries, frozen or fresh • 2 tbsp water
• juice of 1/2 lemon
2 pinches xanthan gum
• optional: 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Put the blueberries, water and lemon juice (and vanilla, if using) in a non-stick pan, cover and bring to a boil.
- Remove the lid and cook on a medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring regularly. The mixture will reduce by 1/3 and thicken. Smash the berries with a spoon while they cook.
- You can blend the mixture if you wish to have a smooth consistency. I like it the way it is, with a few bits and pieces in it.
- At the end, take a couple of pinches xanthan gum and sprinkle it evenly into the pot, stirring well afterwards. Xanthan gum is a brilliant thickening agent and is also used in gluten free baking, so it does come in handy. You only need a tiny amount – it’s quite remarkable.
- Pour the mixture into a clean jar and store in the fridge. This recipe fills a small (200ml)
I hope you all have a wonderful summer break with your kids! Make sure and come back to leave me a comment with your experience with the series. I love hearing from you!