Family Reading Night Challenge & V.Reader Giveaway

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UPDATE: Giveaway over! Winner announced on the Contest page!

I mentioned that I am a VTech Voices Blogger and I will be writing about the V.Reader for the next few weeks. The goal is to get your kids reading more!

Last weeks challenge was to find a favorite reading spot. This week, we want you to create a family reading night. Come up with a fun theme as a family. Spend the evening cuddled up reading your favorite books and then throw in some new adventurous books. Reading with your kids is a great bonding activity. Plus, reading as a family will encourage your kids to read more. Set a good example for your kids by having them watch you read.

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We read as a family most nights before bed. Tonight we started reading with the V.Reader before dinner! As we unloaded from the car, Mason could see that FedEx had left a package. He was so excited and said “I hope it is a new game for my reader!” Sure enough, it was! We received Dora and the Three Little Pigs for the V.Reader.

My boys could not wait to open it! In fact they sat right on the kitchen floor as I made dinner and read with the V.Reader. I am not sure why my boys pick the floor to read- it seems uncomfortable to me (and we do have furniture!). The boys love the animated books. I am amazed at how much Mason (he is 3) is learning in such a short period. He has learned all of the letters in his name by using the V.Reader. This is bonus learning and not an actual game on the V.Reader. The first time you turn on the V.Reader it asks the user to type in their name. I helped Mason type and now he wants to re-input his name each time he turns on the V.Reader! He knows all of the steps to get to the name page, delete his old name, retype and then save. Now, his letters are not all in order yet, but he is working on it!

We can’t wait to see what the next challenge will be!


Now is your chance to try out the V.Reader! One Madame Deals reader will win a V.Reader ($59.99 value) and a game to go with it. The winner will be chosen at random on July 16th, 2010 at 10 pm.

  • To enter, create a family reading night and then leave a comment on this post telling us about it. Be creative and have fun!
  • For a bonus entry, follow Madame Deals by RSS, email, twitter or facebook. If you already do, leave a comment letting us know.
  • For a second bonus entry, follow VTech on twitter or facebook. Leave a comment letting us know!

Please leave a separate comment for each entry!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of VTech and The Motherhood. All opinions expressed are mine.

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  1. Nichole Seiler says

    I don’t know if this counts, but we read 2-3 stories most nights of the week. All of our family is usually present for now. When my girls get older and my husband graduates and gets a job that may change. We have been reading bedtime stories all together for a while now. Only on vacation or really late nights do we skip. My husband is not always present, but usually is at least2-3 times a week.

  2. Anne S. says

    We just started an after dinner reading hour! My boys (13, 6, and 2) are allowed to choose anything from comics to newspapers to read, and it gives my husband some quiet time to study for school, and me some nice, peaceful time with my boys all nearby as opposed to our normal, hectic “everyone in different directions” routine. It’s awesome for our family. I hope that this is one new tradition that sticks. Thanks!

  3. Mommalovesmee says

    We have family reading night twice a week. We read book to our son and at the end we ask him few questions about the book we read and reward him if he answers. That ways it’s fun for him and even we have an idea about our sons reading skills.

  4. says

    We read books every night before bed. I usually limit it however to 3 books per night but each girl takes turn choosing

  5. Chavon Smith says

    The creative reading family blast we had was to pick a book and read one chapter and then discsussed what could have happen in the next chapter! It was great and a way for everyone to explore their imaginations! So much fun!

  6. Deanna T. says

    We read with the kids almost nightly, but apart from that I’ve been putting together themed book nights – where we have a snack or activity that goes along with the book we read.

  7. says

    We started family reading when my son was in kindergarten and still do it. My son loves to read and reads very well. My daughter asks daddy to read the bible stories to her nightly. Whenever my son wants to get on the computer, which is daily, I have him read a chapter in a book first. At first it was a “chore” but now he enjoys it and sometimes reads more than one chapter.
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  8. Lori says

    Although we always read before bed and now that it is summer, during the day as well, our favorite family reading nights are when we’re camping. There is an added element of excitement when you’re tucked into a tent reading a book – we just have too make sure it isn’t too scary!!!

  9. Jessica g says

    We read almost every night. We read the same books over and over for a while. This way my son sort of memorized the words and can fill in the blank. He feels like he is reading. He becomes more and more engaged. This also increases his love of reading!

  10. Maggie M. says

    Each child gets there own special reading time each night before bed alone- this is one of my favorite times of day to snuggle up with Caitlyn and read stories- she is 2 and loves reading already!
    Maggie M.

  11. Jen A. says

    I read Christian a story each night before bed and then he gets 30 minutes to flip through books quietly before I turn out the light. What a wonderful chance to let him mind tell a story!
    Jen A.

  12. Caroline says

    We read a book to our almost 4 year old son every night (two if he’s napped) and then he sits on the couch and looks at it afterwards and “reads” it to himself. Meanwhile, our 2 year old son gets the same book every night (so tired of Elmo and Grover!) and has us read it or just looks at it himself.

  13. Stephanie Graveen says

    We read together every single night of the week. My kids, 7 and 4, get stories from both me and their dad. We read together for about 45 minutes every night. So were not just talking 2 or 3 stories. We are reading a lot every night. Maybe that is why my 7 year old started reading when he was 4 years old! Now that it is summer vacation, we do some reading in the daytime in addition to the night-time reading. I guess you could say we are BIG readers around here!

  14. says

    We already do family reading nights. My children and I enjoy cuddling up in their bed and reading until they (or I) fall asleep. I fall asleep then my oldest daughter takes over – they all enjoy this and if we happen to forget they want to make it up the next morning.

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  15. Terra Hayes says

    Our family normally has game night…so we added a special section to game night that was reading time. By the time we get through the stacks of books the kids want to read we are out of time for games. The kids didn’t seem to mind…but it looks like we will have to make another special night! 🙂

  16. Kristie says

    We regularly read books in the evening to my youngest. The oldest has to read to earn his video game time. We take along books everywhere. They are in the grab n go bag for day outings or for keeping busy in the car. We take them camping, it’s fun to sit and read a story around the campfire.

  17. Heather Saylor says

    My oldest will read a book, and then my youngest will “read” the same book by looking at the pictures and retelling what her sister read! Great for practicing comprehension!

  18. says

    We have always had family reading time. Now that my son is old enough to read on his own….. he reads to us. We enjoy the stories that he picks (he loves history) We still read to our daughter who is just now learning to read.
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