I love to read and it makes me so happy to see that my kids are starting to love reading too. I want to do everything I can to encourage their love of reading!
March is National Reading month and its the perfect time to work on creating a life-long love of reading with your child.
Both of my kids have had Kindle Fire’s for the last few years. I’m a huge fan of these devices! The Kindle Fire is a complete tablet. You can watch videos, play games, listen to music and of course read.
If you’re new to Kindle, you really need to check out the Kindle e-reader. ($79) This lightweight e-reader is a perfect gift for readers. The e-reader is designed to make reading engaging as possible with no distractions! The battery lasts a really long time and there is even an internet browser!
With the Kindle e-reader, Kids can:
- Easily look up definitions in the story to build their vocabulary
- Increase font size for easy reading
- Use the Vocabulary Builder or Word Wise. Word Wise provides quick definitions just by touching the word, while the Vocabulary Builder will store the words that kids look up and allows them to quiz themselves with flash cards.
- Read thousands of books for free, including classics like Treasure Island and eBooks from their local library
- Help increase the amount of books they read – when one book finishes, they can start the next one right away!
Part of what makes a Kindle so great for kids is the FreeTime Unlimited App that is available on Kindle e-readers and Kindle Fire. The subscriptions start at $2.99 a month, allows you to have multiple child’s accounts and offers unlimited access to hundreds of hand picked chapter books and early readers all curated for age appropriateness. And if you are using FreeTime Unlimited on the Fire Tables, it also includes apps, games, TV shows and movies.
On the Kindle Fire you can do a bit more with all the content available:
I love the fact you can set the Kindle to turn off at a certain time each evening and that you can block games and videos until reading goals are met.
Need a few more tips to help encourage reading? Try these ideas!
1. Make your daily reading time a relaxed, fun activity. (Like outside on a blanket or snuggled in Mom’s bed when it’s cold.)
2. Make the daily reading time a scheduled activity at each day.
3. Let your child pick which books to read. (Find science project, craft or recipe books geared to kids. Let the kids read through the projects/recipes and choose one. Then do the project!)
4. Take turns reading aloud.
5. Create a reward system. (So easy to do when they meet their achievement goals in the FreeTime Unlimited app!)
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