The Importance of Reading 20 Minutes a Day to Your Child (Giveaway)

Reading is a big deal at our house.  Because we homeschool, use a Charlotte Mason method to some of our learning, and enjoy reading ourselves, we find that there is always a good time to read to the kids.  That's why I was excited to help share the news about LeapFrog Reading Month!

As much as we adore reading to our kids, we also like to foster a sense of independence and pride with our beginning readers.  We have used online reading curriculum, toys, and DVD's to master this goal.  We have also found tools like the LeapFrog Tag Reader to be beneficial.  My boys like to use them each day to play games, sound out difficult words, and follow along as they sound out the text.  My toddler watches his brothers use the Tag Reader; he giggles when they read the part about "fossilized dinosaur poop" in the book!

Since I'm so busy homeschooling all the kids and working from home, the Tag helps me make sure each of the kids gets 20 minutes of independent reading in a day.  This time is in addition to time reading science or history over lunch or the classic novels that Daddy reads to the kids before bed each night.  I'm happy to have some technology that is not only useful -- the kids find it fun, too!

The Tag has been especially useful for my reluctant reader, who is 7.  He knows his phonics, but gets very self-conscious about his skill level.  The time spent browsing through his Tag books has helped him with his confidence.  We have since purchased a Spongebob book for the Tag Reader as reward for sticking with his pledge to read 20 minutes a day independently!

Even if you don't have Tag products in your home, it's easy to Take the Pledge and support the goal of reading for every child.  You can join the "Read 20 minutes a Day" Pledge by visiting Facebook; Leapfrog will donate 5 books for every pledge to America's Schools (up to $2 million dollars!)  In addition, there is an assortment of activities, videos and printables at the Leapfrog site to help you coach your little reader at home!

Wanna Save? Get $3 off Tag products purchased through the LeapFrog site via this link!  

Wanna Win? We are giving one lucky reader a fun LeapFrog Reading prize pack to including the following products, valued at $50:
  • Tag Leap and the Lost Dinosaur
  • Tag Get Ready for Kindergarten
  • Tag Junior Toddler Milestones
  • Tag Junior Animals Around the World
To be entered to win, just comment on this post with a favorite time of day that you read with your child, grandchild, or a child close to you.  You have until March 26th at 11:59pm CST to get your entries in.  Limit of one entry per person, please. We'll randomly pick one winner to get the prize.  Open to U.S. residents ages 18+ only.  Full promotional rules here.

Don't forget to enter our other blog giveaways while you're here!

I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective but content and opinions expressed here are my own. To take the LeapFrog Reading Month pledge, please visit their Facebook page. #LFReadingMonth #spon