Tuesday, March 12, 2013

LeapFrog Reading Month & giveaway!



Reading aloud to my children is one of the most important activities that I do every day.  Before I had my own children, I knew that reading would be a large part of their childhood.  I think it is because I love to read so much.  I attribute that to my mother reading to me every night when I was growing up, and showing me such a great love for reading.  My brother is actually the same way, always reading something.


Reading aloud to your children just twenty minutes each day increases their literacy later in life.  It helps to give critical early reading skills, so when they start school, they are used to hearing a variety of words and phrases.  I read a statistic in the Washington Post a while back that if you read to a child just 20 minutes each day they have a vocabulary of 40000 words, and have heard over 3 million words.  But, if a child is not read to often, or even not at all, their vocabulary is only 10000 words, and they have only heard 750000, many of which are most likely commands and discipline.

Reading helps in the natural curiosity of children.  When you read to a child, it sparks their imagination.  They begin to wonder why the characters are acting a certain way, they learn about character development, and using their imaginations to see a picture in their mind of what the story is telling them.  It makes them ask questions, and when they ask questions they learn.

My oldest is on her way to five years old *gasp* and she is starting to read on her own  What a wonderful stage to watch.  The amazement of a child sounding out letters to make a word, and then to see their face when it finally clicks for them.

One of the tools that I like to use is the Tag Reading System by LeapFrog.  It is amazing to watch my children sit and read books for prolonged periods with this amazing technology.  Anything that makes my kids engaged with the books they are trying to read is a huge plus in my book.


LeapFrog is raising awareness of the importance of reading with your child for twenty minutes a day to help kids reach their potential.  Discover how to keep your little learner engaged in reading on LeapFrog's Reading Month page, where you can get tips, videos, activities and printables.

In honor of Reading Month, LeapFrog is donating $2 million of books to America's schools, and you can help!  Go to Facebook and share the "Read 20 Minutes a Day" pledge, and LeapFrog will donate 5 books for every pledge!

LeapFrog is offering special deals on reading products all through March, in honor of Reading Month, including $3 off of Tag and Tag Junior books.  You can find the discount here.

I also have the opportunity to giveaway One LeapFrog Prize Pack to one of my US readers!  All you need to do is enter using the rafflecopter below!

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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

Linking up with Hip Homeschool Hop, Giveaway Day

23 comments:

  1. We love the Leap Frog products. They make learning so fun for kids!

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  2. Awesome, we love Leap Frog too - Sydney really enjoys the Tag System that was passed along from Riley! We also love Leap Pad although I wish they offerred materials for the older set...

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  3. I think reading to kids is so important! When we have kids someday, I will definitely read to them :)

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  4. My little girl loves a book that was actually my favorite as a child, called My Goodnight Book.

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  5. I love to read anything to my children. One of favorite homeschool memories is reading the Little House books outloud to my older children.

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  6. We have loved reading many things...some of our favorites were: Dr. Dolittle, Milly Molly Mandy, and The Narnia series.

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  7. We are a Dr.Seuss house. My boys and I like to add our own silly words as we read the rhymes.

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  8. My son has a book called "The Digger Man" and we love it :)

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  9. Right now we are reading Tin Tin and the Ladybug Girl books :)

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  10. my daughter is enjoying the olivia books and the backyardigans series like trouble on the train

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  11. We are loving Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh!

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  12. My older 2 were just introduced to mystery books and we are having a blast reading together!

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  13. I like to read 'Guess How Much I Love You' to my sons

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  14. My daughter loves when we read any of her Eric Carle books
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  15. We read lots of different things, but right now I have to say we are on a definite Eric Carle kick! Love those books :)

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  16. Leap Frog made teaching my kids the alphabet so easy and it continues to help with reading skills.

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  17. Oh my goodness, I don't know if I can list 1 favorite, I do love the Berentain Bear Books because I read them with my mom when I was a child. They pick out 10 or so books each week at the library and I love reading those because they are really excited about them. Lately the Magic Treehouse books have been fun. Fancy Nancy is always a laugh...oh my there are too many!

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  18. It's way too difficult to pick one!

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  19. I love to read the Jesus Storybook Bible!

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  20. We love the magic treehouse books.

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  21. We love Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.

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