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See how to encourage reading skills with simple strategies, like a kid-friendly reading log and how you can earn free books with the Feeding Reading Program.
Like many parents, we have read to our children since they were very young. They grew up loving books and so it’s tremendously rewarding to see them grow older and develop a love of reading. My twin girls are 7 and while they’ve always loved books, we’re really seeing them explore reading a lot more this year! They love beginner chapter books and have a few series they are working their way through.
During my teaching days, I taught reading and one of the questions I was always asked by parents was how to get their children more interested in reading. A few quick tips on that include:
- Involve books in daily life and let your children see YOU reading!
- Make it fun. Make it interactive and incorporate a challenge!
- Expose them to NEW books – go to the library, participate in exchange programs or free book programs!
More on the interactive, fun and challenge part in a bit – but first, I must tell you about a new FREE book program – the Feeding Reading Program. When you buy 1 Eggo product, you’ll get a FREE Penguin Random House book. You can choose to have the book sent to your home or choose to donate it to you school.
Kellogg’s goal with this program is to get more books in more hands and to build confidence in reading – all while having a good start to the day with a Kellogg’s breakfast. What I love is that the process is actually REALLY easy.
To redeem your free book(s), you’ll visit FeedingReading.com.
Buy any participating Eggo products at Walmart by 9/30/19. (We stocked up for the busy back-to-school days that are coming up quick!) And 1 Box = 1 Free Book.
Eggo Cinnamon Toast Mini-Waffles
Eggo Blueberry Waffles,
Eggo Strawberry Waffles
Eggo Chocolatey Chip Waffles
Eggo Buttermilk Waffles
Eggo Homestyle Waffles
Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Grain
Eggo Nutri-Grain Blueberry
Eggo Nutri-Grain Low Fat
I love stocking up on these Eggo products because they are a great on-the-go breakfast – wholesome, filling and portable, too!
Next in the process to get your free books: Take a picture of your receipt with the qualifying purchases. Log into Kellogg’s Family Rewards and upload the receipt. You must submit each receipt separately and within 30 days of the purchase.
Once your receipt is approved, you’ll be issued the credit to redeem a Penguin Random House Book of your choice. You can keep it or donate it! Since we stocked up, we did a little of both. My girls each picked a couple of books and we donated the others.
Remember that any credits must be redeemed by 12/1/19 and there is a limit of 10 books per participants.
Make Reading Fun
Once you have new books in hand, make reading fun. Read funny books together, let your children be inspired by what they read. Incorporate arts and crafts, cooking and baking – there’s no limit.
Challenge Your Growing Reader
One thing that I have my girls do is keep a Reading Journal/Log. These are so simple to create, fun for kids and something that works for any reader.
You can make your own, find free printables or purchase a reading log template. I suggest the following components:
- Reading Log – Book, author, date read, etc.
- Questions – A space to ask questions about the book. ANY questions that come up while reading. The point here is to encourage thinking and being inspired by reading.
- Words I Don’t Know Page – Challenge them to find words they don’t know, list them and then learn them by seeking out the definition. You’d be really surprised how much fun kids have with this “word hunt” while they’re reading. Tip: Don’t want to stop reading to write? Use post-it’s to jot down notes or mark the spot where a word or question came up!
- Summary – Story components are important, but I always like to keep it fun by creating a critics corner on this page — rate this book by coloring in the number of stars or a checkbox to recommend for the “best book” list.
Make it your own and let your children have input. I tell my kids I want them to read and work in their journals but I never say that they have to finish or do a certain amount. The goal is to READ and then think about it in some way and write about it in some way. I let them take the lead and the results are they develop a more intrinsic approach to it!
You can find the printable tracker my girls use at WoodsPrintables on Etsy.
Visit Kellogg’s Family Rewards® for full information on the Feeding Reading Program. You can find the Eggo Products at Walmart.