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Who knew about March National Reading Month? I had no clue until the other day when Miss Jade’s school sent home a note about putting forth extra effort to read this month.
I’ve always felt that inspiring a love of reading in kids was very crucial to their long term success in learning.
But if the kid doesn’t like reading, it can make school and all areas of education more difficult to achieve the educational goals for your child.
Secret 3 Ways to inspire a love of reading for kids
Let me share with you 3 simple key steps to inspire a love of reading for kids.
Parental involvement helps your child develop a love for reading
I remember when I was little, some of my fondest memories was sitting with my sister as my Mom would read us a story. Every summer she would pick a classic novel. And then each day she would read us a chapter.
I specifically remember the time she read to us “The Secret Garden”. It was a special experience I’ll never forget. This was the first time that I remember being sad when Story Time was over. I just wanted more and more.
The part that was so meaningful was that it was a special time with my mom and sister. And at the same time, it instilled a love for reading for us kids.
Offer a vast diversity of Books to find the genre they love to read.
I remember as a kid, that I struggled finding books that I liked. I had yet to figure out the genre of books that I enjoyed.
But my Mom knew the importance of encouraging a love of reading for kids. So we were enrolled in every reading program our local library had to offer. They had competitions for prizes and rewards for reading a large variety of books.
The great thing about this was that it made us read a large variety of books. Not all the same.
While at the time, I wasn’t impressed with the requirements to read a book in different genres, I whole-heartily am grateful for this experience as an adult.
It helped me try out different types of books. Genres I never would have thought to try before. And I discovered I liked quite a few of them.
Free audible books, for access to great stories anytime.
Sometimes, kids just need a little variety. As I mentioned, my mom would read to us the larger classic novels. And this was always a very special time for me.
But with raising 9 kids, a full-time homemaker, caregiver to her parents, and all the hundred other underappreciated jobs she fulfilled. Well, frankly, She didn’t always have time to sit and read to me whenever I wanted.
I mean, we had to eat right? That was always my favorite time for stories…when she needed to be cooking dinner.
So my brilliant Mom did the next best thing she could think of. Who knew she was ahead of her time?
She would record herself reading our favorite books onto a cassette tape. Then when we wanted to have a story, and she wasn’t able to sit and read at that moment, we would put in the cassette tape and follow along in the book as it was read to us.
Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet can inspire a love of reading for kids
With the passing of time, there have been many improvements with technology from the days I was a kid.
Because of these improvements in technology, it makes it easier for parents all over to inspire a love of reading for kids.
While the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet has all kinds of fun games and activities, it also offers a vast library of books for our kids to explore.
Check out how we use the FIRE Kids Edition Tablet for achieving educational goals!
Using Amazon FreeTime Unlimited to inspire a love of reading for kids
Thanks to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited we have access to over 20,000 books, videos, Audible books, educational apps, and games that are age-appropriate and hand-curated by the Amazon FreeTime team.
That means we can access a vast variety of books all from the comfort of our home. No need to travel to the library that has a small selection available. This offers far more variety.
The Fire Kids Edition makes it easy to inspire a love of reading for kids. I can sit down and read to my girls anytime I get. I don’t have to worry about making a special trip to the library to pick out different books every couple of days.
Everything that is available in the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is all included in the subscription price. No worries about running into surprise book/app purchases. If it shows up on the Fire Kids Edition tablet, it’s included!
I personally love the Parent Dashboard. I can access this Parent Dashboard from any device (my phone, laptop, Fire Kids E
From the Parent Dashboard I can monitor each child’s activity, including how much time they have spent reading each day, as well as which books they’re reading/listening to.
I can even set Learn First settings, which requires my kids to spend a designated time on learning apps and reading books before it even unlocks the game apps for the day.
Now remember how I said one of the key steps is parental involvement?
Within the Amazon FreeTime Unlimited subscription, you can find Discussion Cards that offer parents a “family book club” approach with summaries and sample questions based on the books, videos, Audible books, educational apps and websites that are viewed within Amazon FreeTime.
That means you can be involved with every book the kids read. And it makes it easy to work on reading comprehension with your kids as you discuss the books they read together.
So what if you don’t happen to have the Fire Kids Edition tablet?
No worries! The Amazon FreeTime Unlimited has gotten even better over the years. Once you sign-up for Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the same subscription can be used on any compatible device including
- Fire tablets
- Fire Kids Edition tablets
- Compatible Android and iOS phones and tablets
- Compatible Echo devices
- And Echo Dot for Kids.
Just be aware that the FreeTime Unlimited content experience will vary based on the device you are using.
Using Amazon FreeTime Unlimited and the Fire Kids Edition Tablet helps to check each step to inspiring a love of reading for kids.
Parenting involvement …. CHECK
Variety of Books to choose from…..CHECK
AudioBook access….MAJOR CHECK!
Personally Miss Rose loves the Audiobooks. At age 3, she hasn’t learned how to read yet, so these are her favorite. She can sit and listen to the audiobooks while I am making dinner, or helping her siblings with their homework.
Miss Jade loves the audiobooks, because, with her special needs, it helps her work on her concentration, focus, comprehension, and to even learn new words.
And did you know there are so many fun ways to incorporate the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet into your family routine? Check out how we use the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet to make fun family holiday traditions.
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