March 18, 2013

Have You Taken The LeapFrog Reading Month Pledge Yet?

I've said before how one of my early childhood memories is the bookshelf in my room.  In spanned the entire length of the room and was completely filled with books.  Everything from Doctor Seuss to the Berenstain Bears to The Boxcar Children were on those shelves. Also, there is no doubt in my mind that their presence along with my parents' commitment to reading to me constantly is why to this day I have a deep seeded love of reading.

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So you can imagine I'd want nothing more than to pass that love on to Kayla.  I want her to see reading as something she does for enjoyment rather than as a chore.  Coming from that perspective I know if will make the reading she does throughout her education that much easier and something like a textbook on European History that much more digestible.

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Did you know that spending just 20 minutes a day reading with your child truly does set them up for success?  Studies show that kids who get that time tend to rank in the 90th percentile or higher in school, whereas children who get less than 10 minutes a day fall lower than the 75th percentile?  That is a HUGE difference and a reminder to me to make sure that no matter how busy we are, I set aside time to read with Kayla.

This month I've taken the Leapfrog 20 Minute Reading Pledge because when you're a busy parent (and who isn't?) It's easier than you think  to skip a few days here or there and find yourself in the habit of letting your child zone out and watch a show rather than read a couple books with them.

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In our home reading doesn't always happen right before bed.  Sometimes reading is something we do before I take Kayla to school.  I like to think it gets her brain going for the day.  Board games and books are often my go-to's on weekend days with less than fantastic weather.   It doesn't matter when you do it, it just matters that it happens.

We went through a period of struggling independence when Kayla refused to let me read to her and insisted she do it "all by myself."  Of course she had just turned 3 so she didn't quite have the skills to be able to actually read the text of the book to herself and that is precisely where the LeapFrog Tag became a good little tool for us.

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The Tag allows your child to feel like they are in control with the book while using the Tag pen to have the story read to them, help them figure out a word they were not able to sound out of their own or even to play games to enhance the learning experience after they've learned the story.

Think you might want to test out a LeapFrog Tag of your own? You can enter below to win one for your child!

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Just so you know, 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
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