Did you know? since 1980, the childhood obesity rate has more than doubled for children ages 2 – 5 and more than tripled for children ages 6 – 11. Between 1981 and 1997, free...
Raising Avid Readers with the Kindle & Scripps Spelling Bee
Raising avid readers is one of my main goals as a mother. I want my kids to want to read. I want them to LOVE to read. I began reading at age 3 and I don't think that I have stopped since. Reading is that important to me and to my family. My husband and I are avid readers. We always have a book or three to read.
One of the ways that I became such a good reader is through spelling. As a kid, I participated and won many local spelling bees. I took phonics which helped me with reading and then I spelled out any of the larger words in each book. I kept a notebook of my “big words” and this really helped me to become a better reader.
Scripps and Kindle want to help your readers
Did you know that Kindle is the presenting sponsor for the Scripps National Spelling Bee? Scripps is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program. Both companies, Kindle and Scripps National Spelling Bee share in the belief that reading is fundamentally important to a child’s lifelong achievement and I know that I certainly agree with that. The idea is simple and exactly what I experienced – before students were great spellers, they were great readers and early reading leads to a better vocabulary and word comprehension. I firmly believe that this is an excellent way to raise children.
Kindle e-readers are the perfect tool for readers & spellers
Your student can use a Kindle to further their education because Kindle e-readers’ are a great tool for students with built-in reading features to help support students as they expand their reading skills and vocabulary, including:
- Vocabulary Builder – compiles words you look up in the dictionary into a list for easy access, which readers can then use to quiz themselves using flashcards until they’ve mastered them.
- Word Wise – automatically shows short and simple definitions above difficult words to help readers take on more challenging books.
- Kindle FreeTime – kids can read books in a simple, fun and safe environment designed specifically for them. Kids are rewarded with achievement badges when they reach their reading milestones, and a progress report keeps parents updated on total time spent reading, number of words looked up, badges earned and books read.
These tools (like the Kindle and more) provide an improved reading experience that leads to greater comprehension, a stronger vocabulary and a better, uninterrupted reading experience for young readers.
89th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee
Kindle will be an integral part of the 89th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee finals (aka Bee Week) taking place May 24-26, 2016 and will help spark new Bee initiatives during the school year, through the summer and into next year. For example, the Scripps National Spelling Bee will utilize Kindle technology by integrating it into the creation of word list study materials created for thousands of schools and the Kindle Vocabulary Builder feature will be worked into the process for the Bee team’s development of the word lists that students review in preparation for local Bees.
Get the Kindle for Kids Bundle for $10 off
To celebrate the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Amazon is offering the Kindle for Kids bundle for $10 off the starting price of $99.99 (sale price will be $89.99) starting on May 23, 2106. The Kindle for Kids bundle comes with the latest Kindle without sponsored screensavers, a kid-friendly cover and a 2-year warranty provided by SquareTrade.
The Scripps National Spelling bee Championship finals will be broadcasted live on ESPN on Thursday, May 26 from 8p.m. to 10 p.m. ET. Make sure you ask your readers to tune in!
Get social with the Scripps National Spelling Bee
Visit the Scripps National Spelling Bee website
Like the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Facebook
Tweet with the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Twitter
Check out the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Youtube
See the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Instagram
Compensation was provided by Kindle via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Kindle or Momtrends.