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Have your kids been reading through the summer? I hope so! If there is nothing else your kids need to be doing through school breaks, reading should never stop! As a daughter of an elementary teacher and as President of my son’s PTA, education and the benefits surround me. Reading was drilled into me and I have passed that on to our boys. They are excellent readers and always have been and all I do is read every night to them or with them from the day they were born. Never do we skip a night-it is the bedtime routine! As soon as they could talk, I would take time on pages of a book to point out letters and making the sounds as they would imitate me. You have heard this before, but reading is the foundation for all learning they will do! If reading is not a priority in your home, you can start now and be marveled by the difference you see in the kids as they grow and to get started, let me tell you how easy it is to get some free books for them!
Right now, when you buy specially marked packages of Kellogg’s products from cereals to crackers and snacks, you can redeem codes included in those products for a free book. The selections of the books you can choose from include popular titles the kids love and see at school like Fly Guy for the young readers, Disaster Strikes and I Survived for the middle readers (my 7 year old’s favorite series) and Stay Alive series for the tweens. There are also bilingual selections to choose from.
Step 1: Find specially marked packages of Kellogg’s products at Walmart. Walmart has a great selection and you can find these now or very soon at your local store. You will identify these products by spotting the Scholastic Free Book book stamp on the front of the packages.
Step 2: As you enjoy these delicious snacks and cereals, peek inside and grab your code. Then head to the Kellogg’s Free Book page and redeem those codes. If you took advantage of this promotion last year, you will need to update your password first. Then browse the books and redeem codes. You can head there now to browse titles, then head to Walmart and let the kids choose their Kellogg’s products and see the joy as they get mail in a few weeks or sooner. You can even track your order once placed.
Step 3: OK! Here are the rules with this promotion you now need to know. You can redeem up to 30 codes per account and only up to 20 in one day. You can choose from physical or ebooks as available. The codes will expire 14 days after purchase and the promotion expires on March 31, 2016 and you need to be 13 years old or older to redeem. This promotion is open to all 50 US States and the District of Columbia. There are 4 ways to redeem for the offers-redeem code online as I have discussed, text, scan or upload your Kellogg’s at Walmart Scholastic products receipt or order products at Walmart.com and receive a free book from purchases made between and redeem the codes. 1 Kellogg’s product=1 Free book!
Step 4: The last step! So you have the products, you have redeemed your codes and know the rules, so how will you create a reading routine at home? For school aged children, the recommended daily reading time outside of the classroom is 20 minutes. One thing you can find very cheap and even free if you keep your eye out is bookmarks! Letting your kids pick out a fun bookmark is a fun way to complete your title at home. Capitalizing on the excitement of fun bookmarks and the book that came in the mail (all kids love getting mail), will help start reading habits daily! We do bedtime, but whatever time of day works best, stick to it! Maybe it is while they are in the bath, falling asleep or at breakfast. Choose a time where they are least distracted. Starting chapter books as young as possible is great because you only read so much and you give them anticipation as they have to wait until tomorrow to see what happens next. Talk about what may happen with them as you end the days reading time-get them thinking outside the pages.
Kellogg’s and Scholastic has made it a priority to get to the schools and families and make reading fun and engaging and this popular Kellogg’s promotion they have done each year is back and open for you to start earning free books for your library then you can pass them on to your school if you choose.
Will you keep or donate your Kellogg’s promotional books?