making reading fun

My children just started school and we are slowly adjusting back to the crazy schedule. Because the school year can get overwhelming, I like to let the kids take a break from their busy days and sit down with a good book to unwind.

I’ll preface this by saying that my kids weren’t always huge fans of reading. In fact, I had to basically force them to read a book when it was assigned for school. But after some time and working with them, I found ways to keep them excited to read. Now we look forward to the times where we can relax with a good book in hand.

making reading fun

1.Create a reading space. This doesn’t have to be an entire room; it can actually be even just a corner of a room, but the point is to create one. For my kids, we usually head down to the clubhouse of our apartment complex as it’s quiet and away from all their toys, TV and distractions- that is KEY! Distractions get to the best of us, including me, so make a space where they can focus on reading. I also recommend natural lighting and vibrant colors. Reading is fun, and bland colors may make them feel they are back in the classroom.

2. Have a bowl of yummy snacks. We recommend heading to Sam’s Club® to purchase them. Right now, when you buy any participating Kellogg’s® or J.M. Smucker product at Sam’s Club®, you can start school like a champion by getting two free Scholastic books– one for yourself and one to donate to a local school. For us, we stocked up on Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats and Kellogg’s Disney Pixar Finding Dory Fruit Flavored Snacks.

making reading fun

3. Let THEM choose the books. Just because you think your kid may want to read a specific book category, doesn’t mean that is what will hold their interest. My oldest son prefers books with mystery, while my youngest prefers books that carry humor throughout. Plus, by letting them choose their book, they will be more interested in reading it.

4. Read with them. Yes, even if they are old enough to read on their own, be an active part of their daily reading. I like to read a chapter and then have my children read the next, taking turns. This also helps them in class when reading out loud is a requirement.

5. Make it fun. Reading doesn’t have to be boring. If you, as the parent, come across as it is, chances are your child will follow what they see. Have fun with it. Only you know your child. If you need to talk about what you have read after each chapter then do so. If you need to reenact it so they can see what they have read come to life, then do it. Reading doesn’t have to be done in a day. Take your time and really put the effort in to doing it with your child.

making reading fun

I know we mentioned above that Sam’s Club is letting you “start school like a champion” and we happen to think this is a GREAT way to start building your collection of books and also giving back to your child’s school. You can click the link to view the participating Kellogg’s® or J.M. Smucker product at Sam’s Club®. Products must be purchased now thru 9/30/16, while supplies last! Over 80 full-length Scholastic titles to choose from for beginning readers to teens!

making reading fun

You can redeem your free books in 3 easy steps!

1. Buy any participating Kellogg’s or The J.M. Smucker Company product by 9/30/2016
2. Upload your receipt at FreeBookOffer.com/Sams within 30 days of purchase.
3. Redeem for your free Scholastic book and one book will be donated to a local classroom as well.

making reading fun

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