This summer it has been my goal to get all three of my boys reading books regularly so when The MotherHood approached me to be involved in VTech Voices for the new VTech Animated VReader, I excitedly responded…of course.
The Animated VReader is aimed for the 4-7 age crowd and has stories and games to bolster reading ability. My Rhett is 4 1/2 and a pre-reader. He loves to be read to and is obsessed with letters and sounds. He is an eager participant so I figured this would be something fun we could try out together.
We were sent a VReader which comes with a “book” cartridge that also has one letter arcade-type game and several quiz-type games that relate to the story. Rhett can push a button to hear the story (he just has to “turn” the pages with an arrow button) or for more advanced readers, the story can be read by the child and difficult words can be pressed for assistance. There is also a dictionary function that gives the definition of a story word.
For our first VTech Voices assignment, we were to highlight a place that we usually read and explore new places to read.
The most common place in my house that we read is our living room couch. It is big enough that all the boys can gather around…and everyone can see the pictures. There is enough light and it has easy access to baskets and baskets full of books.
I caught Rhett quietly listening to the VReader’s What’s That Noise? book and I moved a few toys off the couch and clicked the picture to post.
Since the couch isn’t a super exciting place to read, I wanted to really push the limits of my imagination to come up with another place…exciting and new. You know, pose him with the VReader in a creative reading environment and snap a picture to blog.
Everywhere seemed so ordinary.
Everywhere seemed to have some issue.
And then in the morning, I entered the kitchen to this:
Rhett didn’t need me to push him into a creative place to read.
He didn’t even need me to clean the kitchen...
Where have you caught your children reading?
I was asked to write this post as a part of the VTech Voices blogging series. I received the VReader and a stipend for my participation. As obvious by the picture above, my son’s opinion about the VReader was not coerced in any way. Had the photo been posed, I would have certainly cleaned up the kitchen.
Check back tomorrow…I will be hosting a 24 hour giveaway for the VTech VReader!