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Like most parents, I like to be involved in my children’s education and learning. I draw a lot from my own years as a teacher to help enhance what they are doing at school, especially over the summer and as we prepare for the upcoming year. I used to work with struggling readers at the elementary level, so creating fun and engaging activities around books was something I like to do. One of my favorite things to do is develop file folder activities for books. These are so easy to do – and kids really like them. They can be a portable learning activity (great for cars or travel) and can be tailored to work on skills your child needs reinforcement with. I was recently inspired to create some file folder activities for some new books we are adding to our home library. Thanks to Kellogg’s Family Rewards, purchasing Kellogg’s products is earning us free books! It has never been easier to build your at-home library or to donate to a school of your choice.
I plan on redeeming books as we fill our pantry with some of our favorite Kellogg’s products for back-to-school. It’s a win-win. Great snacks and breakfast and books to help reinforce skills. One title I redeemed was The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Book. I knew it would be fun and engaging for both my 5 year old son and my 3 year old daughters. One book – different skills. In creating a file folder activity, decide on three or four areas that you want to cover. For this book,I chose to focus on sequencing for comprehension, alphabetical order and rhyming using key vocabulary words. Not only do these activities help reinforce skills, but the activities can help the chosen vocabulary words become part of your child’s reading/writing and spelling memory. While we enjoyed Kellogg’s Apple Jacks for breakfast, we found it easy to find our code inside the box and redeem. While I ordered mostly hard copies of the books, I did want to have one or two e-books – great for traveling!
The Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books was a perfect choice for back-to-school and the multi-age learners in our home. The girls are younger, but still were able to do the sequencing activity while we read together. My son, while enjoying an afternoon snack of a Rice Krispies Treat – was able to work on sequencing from memory, rhyming and alphabetical order. Some other ideas for file folder activities – depending on book: order of events, graph and counting, fill in the blank, discussion questions, cause/effect, matching, spelling and board games with comprehension questions.
More About Kellogg’s Family Rewards & How To Get Your Books
Kellogg’s Family Rewards is making it simple for you to redeem up to 30 books! 1 Kellogg’s product = 1 free, full length, Scholastic Book. 30 books will help you build a fantastic library for your child or to help a teacher do the same for his/her classroom by selecting the donate option. To get started, all you have to do is to look for marked Kellogg’s products. I found some of our favorite cereals and snacks at Walmart. The cereals were located in the center of aisle, in an easy to find, specially marked pallet display. It was so easy to enter the code via the website after creating a Kellogg’s Family Rewards account. Simply view book choices and choose a book. You can opt to have the book mailed to you, or download an e-book – however, e-books cannot be donated. The books will be mailed to you, or wherever you donate, free of charge. Codes must be entered by 3/31/16. What I love about the selection is that there are 80 titles – from beginning readers to teens and spanish books are available. Buying online? That’s okay, too. Concumers can buy directly on Walmart.com and receive a free book from purchases made between 7/21/15 and 9/11/15. Look for the Buy Now Button at www.walmart.com/KelloggsBackToSchoolBooks for a list of all eligible items. Ecommerce redemptions are made via receipt scanning – either via your computer or the Kellogg’s Family Reward App.
Tips for Developing Life Long Love of Reading
Developing a love of reading is a key part of student learning and success. It sets the pace and tone for later school years. So, how do you make sure your kids love to read? Share the pleasure and power of reading – Read with your children, let your children see you reading, discuss books and help your child to explore his/her imagination through reading! Encourage kids to choose books that inspire them – Use an interest to be a catalyst to develop reading skills. Make reading a happy habit at home – Set aside family reading time or make it a routine at bedtime, in the morning or whenever it works for your family. Read aloud together, no matter how old your children are – Reading aloud is proven to help children develop and acquire language skills, phonemic awareness and comprehension skills. Added to that, it’s a great bonding activity between parent and child. Fill your home library with books of different lengths, genres, and reading levels, so your child can discover the right book, at the right time.
Be sure to check out more books available via this Kellogg’s offer at HERE. I’d love to hear your favorite book offered! #Back2SchoolReady
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