This post is sponsored by U.S. Cellular. I am part of the U.S. Cellular Ambassador program. As always, all opinions are my own.
As long as I can remember, reading has always been a passion of mine. I remember many many nights hiding under my covers with a flashlight to read just one more chapter…and I still am like that today. When I find a good novel, I am hard pressed to find anything more important to do other than read it.
When I welcomed my first baby, I realized how important reading was to me, and wanted to foster that same love in my daughter. So I read, and I read, and I read some more. Not the typical fairy tales and children’s books, but rather I read what I wanted to read, but aloud to her – Pride and Prejudice, the Harry Potter Series, the Narnia series, Animal Vegetable Miracle, and every homesteading book I could get my hands on. Surprisingly she would listen, or fall asleep while I read something her mind found incredibly boring (win-win in my book).
Once she got a little bigger though, I realized that the ease of nursing and reading, or reading to a toddler from a real book became a bit more difficult.
How excited was I when I bought my first nook. Wow, what a difference. To have the ability to read anything I wanted, and not worrying about trying to turn the pages with a baby that grabs.
Technology has been my saving grace in my continued reading with littles in the house.
One of the biggest reasons I am able to read more is because I always have a book with me. I just turn on my phone, or I bring my e-reader with me. Instead of scrolling through Facebook at the Dr.’s office, or in line, I can open up a new or current book to read. It is helping me get to my 100books read goal this year. Having a reliable network like U.S. Cellular allows me to always be able to access these books.
To be sure I still have a large library of *real* books, but the ability to use the library to check out e-books whenever, the never-ending samples I am able to acquire from the nook library or on my kindle, it is a new world for readers!
Reading and technology isn’t an adult exclusive opportunity, there are so many options available for kids.
There are a number of books available on the public library system in our state for my kids, as well as a number of e-books available through different e-book libraries. Apps such as Homer and Hooked on Phonics give fun games and videos to help kids learn to read and to cultivate a lifelong love of learning – which is my primary goal for my kids in homeschooling.
I spend a large amount of time reading on my iPhone at night. Having little ones it seems like I am always lying in bed, in the dark, waiting for someone to fall asleep. Unfortunately it always seems like the brightness, even when turned all the way down, is too harsh in my dark bedroom. I have two tips to help with this.
The first is to turn the nightshift on – just draw your finger up from the bottom of your iPhone to bring up the little screen, and then click night shift on. It takes the blue light away from the phone, which is a huge help with getting to sleep if you read on your phone or another electronic device before bed.
The other tip I have is to dim the screen even more. In order to do this you need to go to settings – general – accessibility. Then you are going to want to turn on the “zoom” setting. Press “zoom” and then when you get to that screen make sure your “zoom region” says full screen zoom, and the “zoom filter” says low light. Once you turn the zoom on at the top, your screen will literally zoom and you will not be able to see anything on the screen besides one large button. Not to worry! Just double click on the screen with THREE fingers, and then move the zoom dial all the way to the left, it will dim your screen, and it will be a normal size screen. This little trick has allowed me to read while my children sleep beside me many many nights.
Do you use tech to keep up with your reading goals? Do you use night shift or the zoom function on your phone?