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Do your kids love to read, or is it a struggle to get them excited about reading books? How do you keep kids interested in reading?
Luckily both of my kids have always liked to read, but I know so many kids that don’t. As much as I support their reading habits, my kids go through books like crazy, which can get expensive.
The best part is once parents sign-up for Amazon FreeTime Unlimited (the app is also available for download on iOS and Android), that same subscription can be used on any compatible device. This includes Fire tablets, Fire Kids Edition tablets, compatible Android and iOS phones and tablets, and compatible Echo devices, The FreeTime Unlimited content experience varies based on the device.
Here are some tips for how to get kids more excited about reading books.
Get the whole family involved.
Try reading together or some of the same books when you can. My 8 year old daughter loves when we ask questions and show interest in what she is reading. Lately she has been downloading and reading some books from the Nancy Drew series. We love trying to figure out the mystery together in the stories.
Create a family book club and use the Discussion Cards. They provide summaries and sample questions for parents to ask kids based upon the books, videos, Audible books, educational apps and websites they are using.
Another great thing about Discussion Cards is they provide ideas for ways to connect the online experiences kids have with real-world activities (like cleaning up a local park, creating a lost and found, or even helping at a local shelter).
Let your kids choose what they want to read.
This gets kids more excited about reading when they can read books they are interested in. My daughter’s face lit up when she saw Mary Poppins on the Fire Kids Edition.
The Parent Dashboard provides peace of mind by allowing you to monitor what your child is reading or listening to. You can also see how much time they spend reading each day.
If you are worried about them not reading, simply use the Learn First settings, like I did, which encourages learning before play. This can easily be set up in FreeTime on the tablet or remotely on the Parent Dashboard.
Give kids a reading challenge and even a little incentive.
Who doesn’t love a good goal or challenge and maybe even a prize? When I was growing up my dad used to take us out for a fun dinner each month that we hit our reading goals.
FreeTime lets you set educational goals. Right now my daughter has decided she wants to read at least 3 chapter books per month.