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Celebrate National Reading Month with These Tips to Encourage Reading

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Celebrate National Reading Month with These Tips to Encourage Reading

Happy National Reading Month y’all! Fostering a love of reading in my children is something very near and dear to me. When I was growing up, I LOVED to read. You could almost always find me with a book in hand pretending I was being transported away to another time and place. Reading helped form my imagination and took me to places I could only dream of. So naturally, reading is a top priority in our house and our homeschool. Since it’s National Reading Month, I can’t think of a better time to share my tips to encourage reading.

MAKE A READING AREA

Make a designated reading area. It could be something as simple as a spot on the couch with a comfy blanket or a special spot all in your child’s room or another area of the house just for reading. Fill it with a comfy cushion, blanket and plenty of reading material.

It's National Reading Month! Read this tips to encourage readers.

ENCOURAGE READING AT HOME AND WHEN TRAVELING

Reading at home is a great start but it shouldn’t stop there. Encourage reading on-the-go and when you travel too. If you have a special vacation coming up, find a a book about the destination for the kids to read. If you have a road trip ahead, bring along the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet to read in the car.

SET READING GOALS

Set a reading goal for each child. That could be a certain amount of books read or even minutes read. Make it into a contest with a special reward at the end like ice cream from a favorite spot or a special movie night for hitting the goal.

SET TIME ASIDE EVERY DAY FOR READING

Besides your nightly bedtime story, set a certain amount of time every day for reading. Even is you have a reluctant reader, this daily reading time will eventually become a habit and hopefully encourage kids to read more and more.

PROVIDE AN ASSORTMENT OF BOOKS

Besides a membership to your local library, the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet is a great way to expand your child’s library. Thanks to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited your child will have access to over 20,000 books, videos, Audible books, educational apps, and games that are age-appropriate and hand-curated by the Amazon FreeTime team!

These are just a few of the reasons I love my daughter’s Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet.

It's National Reading Month! Read this tips to encourage readers.

It not only helps her practice her reading skills but she can do it at home or when we travel.

It encourages her to love reading whether she’s trying herself to read or her big brother or one of us is reading a story to her.

Let’s Talk Parental Controls

It’s easy to use the Parent Dashboard to monitor your child’s activity, including how much time the kids have spent reading each day, as well as which books they’re reading/listening to.

With the Discussion Cards feature, parents can take a  “family book club” approach with summaries and sample questions based on the books, videos, educational apps and websites that are viewed within Amazon FreeTime.

Discussion Cards also provide ideas for ways to connect these digital experiences with real-life experiences and with the Learn First settings you can encourage learning before play.

Parents don’t have to have a Fire Kids Edition tablet in order to access Amazon FreeTime Unlimited either. The FreeTime Unlimited app is also available for download on iOS and Android so you can control it all right from your phone.

It's National Reading Month! Read this tips to encourage readers.

Once parents sign-up for Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the same subscription can be used on any compatible device including Fire tablets, Fire Kids Edition tablets, compatible Android and iOS phones and tablets, and compatible Echo devices, including Echo Dot for Kids. The FreeTime Unlimited content experience will vary based on device.

The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet is the No. 1 kids’ tablet in the U.S.

It’s no surprise why it No. 1! Not only does it come with a  kid-proof case, it also has a two-year worry-free guarantee – if they break it, simply return it and Amazon will send a replacement for free, no questions asked.

That is one guarantee this mama can get behind. Thankfully I haven’t had to use it yet, but it’s sure nice to know it’s there.

The FreeTime provides parents with peace off mind. I can easily set time limits when I want to limit her screen time, easily adjust age filters and enable/disable web browser access and even turn off in-app purchasing so I’m not stuck with any surprise bills.

It's National Reading Month! Read this tips to encourage readers.

There’s even an included one-year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited that has access to over 20,000 books, videos, Audible books, educational apps, and games that are age-appropriate and hand-curated by the Amazon FreeTime team.

In the Parent Dashboard, a mobile optimized website that provides daily activity report, I can easily see all the digital content my kids use in FreeTime and set up a schedule with time limits and goals.

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It's National Reading Month! Read this tips to encourage readers.