This will be our first summer in two years, that we didn’t do homeschool year round. When we homeschooled Pre-K and Kindergarten, we went year round to get through our entire curriculum. That is one thing I do miss about homeschooling my daughter – going at our own pass and taking days off whenever we want. This last semester at her Christian private school has been a transition for us all.
To keep her brain going this summer and focused on educational things – not only will she be doing some 1st grade worksheets from her homeschooling books, she will also continue her 20 minutes a day of reading. Her teacher asked us all to have our children continue this habit and though we are doing a lot of traveling this summer, we can easily let hear read by simply bringing the iPad Mini with us. Don’t you love technology?
Do you want to know the secret to getting her read more? It is getting her early elementary books she really wants to read. Thankfully, we have Disney Story Central. This website and app have the largest collection of Disney digital stories. I easily set up my free account and added both of my children. You can subscribe monthly and get unlimited books, or you can choose your own books using Disney Book Tokens. I had 14 Disney Book Tokens in my account and gave each child seven to use. Obviously, that won’t be enough for the whole summer – I’m going to have to get more!
Disney Story Central is available via iPhone and iPad app, tablet-optimized website and Video on Demand (AT&T U-Verse). My daughter loved visiting the website and scrolling through all the available books. You can search from books by favorite character and you can look through recommended books. She has read four books so far, including a Tangled book, a Buddies book, the Cinderella book, and Feast – a great book about a Boston Terrier named Winston.
I love the variety of books on Disney Story Central for my kids. There are leveled reading books, story books, books for pre-readers to advanced readers. The website is easy to manage, and I can see what has been read. My kids can read in our “homeschool” room, or home office on the laptop via the website. But more importantly, during our summer travel, they can take their books with them. No more lugging books around! That’s a big win. There are also Stars, Ranks, and Trophies given for reading books. That makes reading more fun. Anything that makes reading more fun for my kids is alright with me!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.