This post was sponsored by Amazon as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own
With both kids in elementary school now, reading has become a topic of discussion every day at our house. They have reading folders being sent home from school, reading assessments throughout the year, and there’s the constant struggle of finding a good book that they’ll enjoy reading.
My kids are in a Spanish Immersion program, which means they are currently working on learning to read in both languages. Their teachers have been great about encouraging us to find ways that make reading fun, and ensuring the kids don’t view it as a drudgery.
I knew you could ask Alexa to read a story, and we’d found some fun Disney stories as well, but this time I found something that made me a little nostalgic. It starts with the words:
Alexa, open Choose Your Own Adventure
And you and your kids will be off on an adventure together. Yep, they have some of the titles from our childhood, just waiting to be read along with your kids. And, if you still have your old collection of choose your own adventure books, you can have the kids read along with Alexa as you go on a Space adventure or on a journey under the sea!
You can even bookmark your spot or ask Alexa to “go back” if you want to change your mind about something.
This is just one of the MANY Alexa Skills that can help encourage a love of reading in your kids. There’s also comics, classic kids stories, bedtime stories and even interactive stories for kids!
They’ll learn to follow plots without moving pictures in front of them, and love to hear stories over and over again.
It’s a neat way to practice, and to hear a good story, any time of the day!
One of the biggest struggles my oldest had when he started reading was remembering characters and what was going on in the story. He loves non-fiction books, but getting him to really engage with a fiction book was a struggle!
I realized that the Echo Dot Kids Edition can be a great tool to help kids learn comprehension skills that they can put into practice during solo reading time as well!
ECHO DOT GIVEAWAY
From now until April 3rd I have a fun giveaway opportunity to share with you. Enter below for your chance to win one of ten Echo Dots! You can use it to read books with the kids, set up bedtime, help kids remember chores AND SO MUCH MORE!
And of course, you can keep up with everything the kids are reading and playing with their Echo Dot using the super handy Parent Dashboard.
I-C will randomly select winners from all program entries and Amazon will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes of 10 Winners.
Do you have a favorite Alexa Skill or children’s book? Share them with me in the comments!