It is no secret that I am a total bookworm. I’m such a literature lover that I devoted my early professional career to the teaching of reading and writing. (I have the dusty Master’s Degree to prove it.) I love books and my kids (mostly) do to. The oldest is exactly like me, she reads a few books a week and gets so heavily invested that she misses the characters when the book is finished. (What? Books are our friends. Don’t judge!) My boys are a little more reluctant. They are fine readers, but it is not their first choice of activities. Which is why I’m a LeapFrog lover. We’ve used LeapFrog products in this house to encourage my boys to read through play. No matter the product, it’s worked every time.
As a literacy educator, I am well read (no pun intended) in the area of reading fluency and comprehension and I know that one of the best ways to encourage both is by reading un-interrupted at least 20-30 minutes a day. I have been reading to my kids since they were old enough to open their eyes. I even used those early days to do some early reading education with them. We tracked words and I talked aloud about strategies for decoding and comprehension as I read, modeling all the time. I was pretty confident in the job I did (at least with the first two-poor youngest child!) laying a firm foundation for literacy with my kids.
But now that they’re older, I don’t want to push them so much that reading stops being fun. Trying to find that balance though, between encouraging them academically and keeping reading enjoyable, can be tricky business. So far, we’ve used reading before bedtime as our strategy to encourage time with books. This month, we haven’t even had to ask because the kids are engaged in school-wide IditaRead contest so they are tracking their minutes and pages with a vigor I rarely see. It’s been fun to see and hope it continues even after the contest is over. At least I know they’ll continue to get their 30 minutes in before bed. After all, what kid chooses to push up bedtime? Not ones with a tricky, reader-mom!
UPDATE:Congrats to Mallorie-the winner of the LeapFrog package!
I get the fortune of helping you celebrate reading month but offering one LeapFrog Prize pack to a lucky commenter. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below (not on FB, here on this page) about your favorite children’s book. Then, I’ll pick a winner TOMORROW and you’ll get a prize pack for the Tag System that includes: Tag Leap and the Lost Dinosaur, Tag Get Ready for Kindergarten, Tag Junior Toddler Milestones, Tag Junior Animals Around the World. Approximate value of prize pack items is $50. So leave a comment for something even the most reluctant of readers can’t say no to.
I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective but content and opinions expressed here are my own. To take the LeapFrog Reading Month pledge, please visit their Facebook page. #LFReadingMonth #spon For a discount on LeapFrog products, just click.
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