This is a sponsored post for Kellogg’s. I just chose my Free Scholastic Book! It’s super easy because the Fantastic Scholastic Book Giveaway promotion has launched in Walmart stores everywhere! There’s no easier way to keep your readers motivated than by getting FREE books when you purchase participating products that are already on your shopping list!
How can you get Free books? It’s super simple!
Get a FREE Scholastic book with each purchase of participating Kellogg’s products as part of your back to school shopping at Walmart. There are more than 80 full-length Scholastic titles for beginning readers to teens to choose from including titles available in eBook format or in Spanish.
Collect up to 90 Scholastic titles to help build their home or school library.
- Buy any participating product from Walmart by 9/30/17.
- Send a photo of your receipt to Book@KFR.com or text the keyword BOOK and the photo of your receipt to 89332.*
*Message and data rates may apply.
- Get a free book credit to redeem for a book of your choice at www.KFR.com/FreeScholasticBook
It only takes a few seconds to upload your receipt. And who would pass up the chance at a free book?!?
7 Guaranteed Ways to Keep Your Young Reader Motivated
How can you motivate your young reader?
Read Together, No Matter Their Age
Readers are made on the laps of adults. When you share books with young children, you’re setting them up for a lifetime of being a reader and a lover of books.
But don’t stop reading to your child after they start to read. Most children love being read to, even if they could read the book by themselves.
Reading time with your child, no matter how old they are, is a special bonding time that most kids cherish.
So take turns reading every other paragraph or every other page to encourage kids to read further. Chapter books can be daunting for new readers. This is an easy way to get them to the end of the book.
Read with voices or accents.
Take turns reading while you cook dinner. Or listen to an audio book together while you drive.
Have Your Child Pick Out the Book
When a child chooses the book themselves, they’re much more likely to read and enjoy it. Besides the free Scholastic books you can get at Walmart, there are great places to get inexpensive books or free books. Head to your local library, discount bookstore, or thrift store.
Let them choose their own books from the Fantastic Scholastic Book Giveaway.
Guide them to a Genre or Topic They Love
Kids who love fairies or animals will read stacks and stacks of fairy or animal books. Die hard athletes will gladly read books about sports or their favorite athletes. “Gross humor” and graphic novels are almost always sure wins for reluctant readers.
Most TV characters and movies have books or series of books written for all reading levels.
If it motivates them to read, go for it. Let their interests drive their reading choices.
Use the 5 Finger Rule to Avoid Frustration
Have your child read a random page in the book they’re interested in. For every word they get stuck on, have them lift up one finger. If they get to five fingers before the end of the page, this book is too hard for them to read independently; so it would be a good book to read together. But, if they get to the bottom of the page and haven’t found 5 words that are too tricky for them, it’s a good book for them to read by themselves without getting frustrated.
Make it a Game
When you’re encouraging reading, make sure you put a positive spin on it. Avoid talking about “having to read.” Instead say, “you get to read” or “I’m so excited to read with you.”
Make reading a game and use this reading spinner to motivate your most reluctant readers.
Come up with different or unique places to read…like in a pool or on a swing or up in a tree. If it’s silly, it will keep them reading.
Give Them Somewhere Fun to Sit
Sitting on a couch or a chair or a bed to read is normal. It’s standard. It’s boring.
To encourage your child to read alone, give them somewhere fun to read. A reading nook in a closet or a bean bag chair are perfect motivators for some independent reading. Being cozy and comfortable makes reading more enjoyable.
Don’t Only Read at Bedtime
Bedtime in my house is a stressful time. The kids are sleepy and I’m usually frustrated and out of patience. This is definitely not our best time to read books together.
Try reading in the late afternoon or during lunch. Read while eating dessert or after breakfast if there’s time. Read right after homework is done or before homework is done.
Changing up when and where you read, who is reading, and the types of books you read will make reading a happy habit that will keep reading a positive family experience.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kellogg’s. The opinions and text are all mine.