I will be the first to admit that reading to my kids has fallen off in our house. My son is seven and tearing through books on his own. Right now he’s obsessed with the Captain Underpants series. I bought him the first four books without asking and I think he objected to not being in on the choice (“But I was in Barnes & Noble and saw them and thought of you!” meant absolutely nothing to him). But of course, he eventually cracked one open and now I have to take them out of his hands so he can eat. I’ve been trying to get him into Harry Potter but again, no interest. I think he’s scared by the size. But I’ll just leave it laying around and someday he’ll pick it up.
My daughter is four, and on the verge of reading. She’s fascinated by letters, and spends a lot of time, both at home and at school, copying whatever she can get her hands on – cereal boxes, newspapers, etc. It’s kind of perversely hilarious to have your small daughter hand you a piece of paper that clearly reads “Rapist sought in two different incidents.”
LeapFrog gave us a Tag last year and my daughter uses it almost every day. She used to have it read her a whole page at a time, but now she likes to run it over individual words, and I think she’s just about to have that Hellen Keller moment where she makes the connection.
But sadly, I have not been reading to her. Until about six months ago, I used to read to her every night before bed. Then she started wanting to play on my bed and do my hair. And, well, I love it when people play with my hair, so I didn’t dissuade her. Now I only read to her when she specifically requests it.
But no more! LeapFrog is asking parents to pledge to read to their kids during the NEA’s National Reading Month (now!), and they want to get 1,000,000 hours in pledges. I went to the pledge page, and pledged to read to Fiona for 10 minutes a day. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but five hours a month is probably about five times as much as we’re doing now. Plus, I got a printable certificate to give to Fiona (the girl loves certificates!) and a coupon off of Tag readers and books (or you can get the same discount at checkout by shopping for Tag products on Amazon.com),
To help spread the word, LeapFrog is giving away more Tags! One of my lucky readers will receive a Tag of their very own with five Tag books, PLUS an expanded-memory Tag and ten Tag books to donate to their local library! To enter to win this great prize, all you have to do is go to the pledge page on the LeapFrog site, make your pledge, and then come back here and leave a comment telling me how many minutes you pledged to read to your child. And if you don’t have a child? Well then, tell me whom you’d give the Tag to.
You can get an extra entry by Tweeting about the contest, with a link back here. Just make sure you leave a separate comment about the Tweet. That’s a total of two entries per household, please.
The contest ends on Monday, March 30th, probably around noon. The winner will be chosen by random.org. For full contest rules, go to the giveaway rules page. Prize can be shipped to U.S. addresses only.
Originally posted on Selfish Mom