This post is partnered with Simon & Schuster, all opinions are 100% my own.
I can hardly believe that my youngest is already ready to read. I was so excited when she became a super-star reader just like her big sisters, and now that she is reading on her own, I want to encourage her to continue reaching for the next reading level. One thing we always do is reading time before we leave for our afternoon activities. Whatever it is that we do, we always try to get in some reading because I know how important it is to really start to help our youngest early reader develop.
We really enjoy the Ready-to-Read books from Simon & Schuster. I know I can buy books within her reading level and watch as she continues to progress through the different “star” levels. I like that Ready-to-Read books have helped my child grasp reading concepts that we have been working on. Each book starts with a list of sight words, which is perfect because we work through many of these words on her spelling list, so these books are actually aligned to what she’s learning in school. The books end with comprehension questions to better understand the story. I always love this part and listening to my youngest daughter, Mia analyze the story.
After school each day, I set aside time for reading. I like to make my girls fun lunch boxes, and that’s started to also inspire my after-school snack creations. To help keep Mia reading for her full 20 minutes independently, I try to serve her a fun snack. It’s fun taking ordinary things like pita bread, cheddar cheese, and strawberries to make a homemade star-themed snack.
A simple small star cookie cutter creates the smallest bite-sized snacks.
Mia is all about doing her homework and following a task, so this routine very much works for her. She’s learning to be independent, and the Ready-To-Read books are allowing her to work through the reading levels at her own pace. She’s encouraged to get to the next “star” level and continue to become a stronger reader.
You can learn more about Ready-To-Read on their website.
Do your kids enjoy themed snack ideas?