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5 Ways to Encourage Reading @staples

Disclosure: I received samples for review from Staples. All opinions are my own.

I love to read so it is natural that Kenzie has picked up on my passion. Just the other week, she came home from school and announced that she could read a book! Imagine my surprise as she has just been working on sight words and simple sentences. Granted, it was a short book but I was really proud of her. Instead of me reading books to her, she wanted to start reading to Mason.


1. Give your child their own tablet for reading (or set up an account with their name so that they can access their favorites). 

It was nice to experience one of her many "firsts" since I missed quite a few as she has been growing up. Kenzie has been into technology since she learned how to swipe her little finger across the screen of my phone. After she noticed that I made the switch to a Kindle for reading, she wanted to do the same. The Kindle Fire HD 7" from Staples (they are having an awesome sale right now!) is the perfect first tablet to inspire learning to read this summer.

Also having your child pick out their favorite case is always a plus. Since Kenzie is still Frozen obsessed, Staples has the perfect "Frozen Kindle case" that is very kid friendly and lightweight. 


2. Go through their school reading list and/or through the available titles and load them onto the tablet for easy access.

It is really kid-friendly with the pre-loaded Kindle FreeTime Unlimited feature. Kenzie has her own profile and can access her favorite books, videos and apps. She can efficiently get to her favorite stories and sounds out each word carefully while reading aloud to Mason. The selection of books are age-appropriate and $6.99 per month for 2 devices! Come on, what a great deal for educational programming that can be moderated by you - the parent. If you have multiple children, you can set up a profile for each (up to 4) on one Kindle. It's less than the cost of one person going to the movies plus your child can get excited for their favorite characters.


3. Spend time daily with your children while they read and help sound out the difficult words and/or phrases.

I love that Kenzie asks for her Kindle daily after dinner and since sometimes Mason wants to "read" by himself rather than have Kenzie read to him, it wasn't too early for him to have his own tablet from Staples. Even his 2 year old fingers can swipe away and access his favorite videos. I personally think that Mason is quicker at picking up on words and phrases than Kenzie because he is learning from her. Even though many may oppose exposing their child to technology at such an early age, I am a proponent for it. As long as my children enjoy playing outside and inside equally as watching/reading on a tablet, it's all learning in general to me.


4. Praise your child for every little goal they reach. Positive enforcement will give them confidence and drive to keep reading.

As I've stated above, Kenzie has just started learning to read in preschool. I help her when she gets stuck on words as well as encourage her to spell out difficult and long words no matter how long it takes. She gets excited when I get excited about her learning.


5. Have occasional rewards for reaching a reading goal.

I remember being enrolled in a reward system for reading so many books. My mother used to also bribe us with money to read the Bible. I earned a lot of money for random knick knacks while growing my vocabulary and developing my love for reading. Kenzie is all about rewards and is best at trying to weasel an extra reward at times.

I can't wait to get Kenzie's reading lists and uploading them onto her Kindle in the future.

Have you received your child's reading list for Fall? Have you thought about giving them a tablet to read and learn?




29 comments:

  1. Hm, I wonder if my 7 year old would prefer ebooks. He loves to read but I haven't done much with digital books yet for him.

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  2. I am so lucky that both of my boys love to read. I thank my lucky stars every day for that.

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  3. These are great for encouraging reading. Your daughter is so cute!

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  4. These are great tips! My son got a Kindle for his birthday and it has helped him get more interested in learning for sure!

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  5. My daughter loves using her eReader and tablet to read instead of traditional books. I can definitely see how they would encourage reading!

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  6. these are great tips! i need to get my daughter a tablet to start her on her way to reading

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  7. Our teachers don't give reading lists, but they are supposed to read every night... they must choose fiction, non-fiction, poetry... and um... history... I think... Now I have to go shopping. If I had a Kindle it would be so much easier

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  8. These are such great tips!! We're not to that point yet, my daughter is only two, but I'm excited for the day that she starts reading and hope she loves it as much as I did as a kid!

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  9. It's so important to encourage reading at a young age. It helps with learning down the line. Plus, it's fun!

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  10. I love these tips. My sister has such a hard time getting my nephew to read.

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  11. With all the video games, tablets, and other devices out there, it's important to encourage reading at a young age. If they have a love of reading, it will keep them engaged in learning instead of gaming quite so much.

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  12. We made sure to instill a love of reading in our kids early on. It's a great way to keep them engaged in learning.

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  13. Such cuties! Congrats on Kenzie reading a book! That's awesome. I just love how kids have access to all of the wonderful technology out there to encourage reading! :)

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  14. This weekend I shopped at Staples for the first time. I was really impressed with the deals they offered. After all, free reams of paper are always a hit at my house.

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  15. Reading is not something I have ever had to encourage with my daughter. In fact she used to get in trouble at school because the teacher would find her reading books instead of doing what she was supposed to be doing. My daughter is always reading!

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  16. My son has always been an avid reader but my daughter has been way more challenging. She has finally embraced reading now that she is in first grade.

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  17. That's a super idea to load the school reading list onto a tablet. I love that blue Frozen one too!

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  18. I love the fact that my daughters enjoy reading. I think it is such a great thing to instill in our children.

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  19. My daughter loves reading - just as much on gramma's ipad as in paper books :) I don't really care, as long as she's reading!

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  20. My son is only 20 months old but we love our reading time! We just got him aspecial chair for his room for him to use for reading time.

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  21. My two young grandsons love to read! They are constantly flipping through books and asking me to read to them.

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  22. Good tips. My girls are saving to buy a tablet for themselves. We will help with the cost after they have saved up some of it. They are so excited. Oh and yes, your son most likely is learning faster. Each of my children learned language faster than the one before because of the older siblings (I have 4 children.)

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  23. I love reading so much. My kids are still not as enthused as I am. I do everything I can to encourage them!

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  24. my kids will read anything at any time. kindle, ipad, iphone, paper back, hardcover..my oldest will even read the mini books that come with the mini american girl dolls!

    that "frozen" case for the kindle is great for littles- love the handle!

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  25. I am so old fashion because I prefer for my kids to read paper books. I want them to know what life was like before all this technology.

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  26. i think pictures are a great way for kids to be encouraged by reading. At least that's what encourages my daughter these days!!

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  27. I love these ideas for encouraging children to read! Our local library also has a summer reading program that we get involved in. The library gives out little prizes to the children for reaching certain reading goals (depending on age and reading ability). I would highly recommend it if your public library has a similar program! : )

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  28. I love that they can read so easily. We are all about reading in my house.

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  29. great tips. Im so glad my daughter loves to read and has for awhile now. I read to her several times a day to keep her love for books alive.

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