The past couple of months, I've watched my kindergartner grow. At first she was hesitant to read books independently (or to me), but she learned quickly. Once we found the right books for her, she devoured them. The very first book she read (almost) all by herself was The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow. She's read it numerous times since then.
Last week, I went to Sophia's class to encourage them to read this summer. I read a book to her class and we did a fill-in-the-story sheet together. I donned the familiar Cat in the Hat hat, which prompted the kids to ask if THE Cat in the Hat was coming to visit them. Sorry kids, he's got quite a full calendar. Good thing they didn't mind that the Cat in the Hat sent me instead.
Thanks to iVillage and PBS Kids, I was able to give each of Sophia's classmates a goodie bag. Now they can start their summer reading with a bang with a new-to-them book, stickers, bookmarks, a reading chart and more.
You can join our family in iVillage PBS KIDS Summer Reading Community Challenge too. It's totally free and starts June 18. You’ll get daily emails with literacy-building tips and activities from experts at PBS KIDS and Scholastic. You’ll also get book suggestions and discounts, free downloads of PBS KIDS shows and a daily chance to win $1,000 and other great prizes. You can even start now by downloading printables and activities.
Of course little brother Jaxson didn't want to miss out on the fun. He certainly can't read to himself yet, but we'll read plenty of books together!
As a PBS Kids Very Important Parent, I received a summer reading kit with materials to host a summer reading party kick-off. No compensation was received to host a party. I donated the extra materials to Sophia's teacher. Book title is an affiliate link.