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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Back To School Giveaway

You may have already seen this year’s Back to School sales come and go. Some children have already started school this week in certain parts of the country while other children still have until early September before they have to return to the classroom, but either way it is never too late to really get into the Back to School spirit! We are sponsoring a Back to School Giveaway to celebrate and to help kids get back in gear.

Back to School Giveaway
There are two weeks or 14 days (giveaway ends September 8th) until the contest closes to submissions, so be sure to enter now for a chance to win your child a personalized Back to School Gift Pack. This package includes fun prizes as well as basic items that kids will need for the classroom – but receiving it all in prize form is way more fun, right? This giveaway will present one first place winner with the Grand Prize Back to School Pack, which includes a choice of backpack, a “School is Fun” personalized  book, two composition notebooks, two folders, erasers, a 12” ruler, a 24 pack of Crayola crayons, one calculator, and much more. Two $30 gift certificates will be also be awarded to the 2nd and 3rd runner up to shop at KD Novelties for personalized books, DVDs, CDs and much more.

We are also having a sale on Back to School personalized books on our website. There are plenty of personalized books that focus on the Back to School theme such as "I See Do You See Alphabets," My First Day at School”, and “School is Fun” which is featured in the giveaway, but we have a wide variety of other educational and school related books that can help kids get excited to return to the classroom.

Be sure to enter the giveaway and share it with everyone you know.


Friday, August 21, 2015

It's Back to School Time!

Back to School

It’s that time of year again: back to school! The sales are on, so every parent and guardian is prepping for the back to school rush – but are your kids? Summer feels as if it lasts an eternity when you’re a kid, so learning that you may have to go back to school, or start going, can come as a bit of a shock to some children. There are some fun ways to help prep kids for the new school year to get them excited.

 

Get Back Into Your Routine

Getting kids ready for school takes some preparation. You’ll need to get the kids up on time, have them dressed, their backpacks and lunches packed, and have them out the door and in the car or on the bus when the time calls for it. Jumping right into this school routine can be a bit of a shock for both kids and parents so getting a head start can help you both ease into things. Not only will this make your back to school schedule easier to adjust to, but it will also help everything go over much more smoothly, too.

Get Their Minds in Gear

Introducing educational activities and games can help get kids back into learning mode. Ideally, kids should be exposed to these kinds of activities regularly throughout the summer so that they stay up to speed, but introducing it more so towards the end of the summer can help get kids back into the mindset they’ll need for the classroom.

Visit an Open House

Some pre-k, kindergarten, and elementary school grades hold open house events for kids, parents and teachers. These get-togethers allow everyone to get to know each other. As a parent, you’ll meet your kids’ teachers and their classmates’ parents. For kids, they’ll see what their classroom will be like and who they might be friends with this year. These preliminary meetings also allow you and your kids to get a taste of what their curriculum will be like for the year. Seeing their classmates and their teacher can help get kids ready for when school will actually start, and you can begin brushing up on topics that might have been covered in the open house if you want to help give your child a head start.

 

Give Them Some Reading Material


Personalized School Books

Reading has been known to help kids adjust to many different types of situations, and school just happens to be one of them. Get your child a personalized book like the ones from KD Novelties so they can better imagine themselves at school once it starts. Personalized School Books like “My First Day at School” and “School is Fun” can help get any child back in the spirit to learn. When they see their names as part of the story, kids will get excited to find out what happens next and read through to the end. Reading is a great thing for kids to do in general. It is important that you make sure that your child keeps up with their reading level over the summer so that they won’t fall behind.

There are other books to consider, too, like “My School Fun Book” and “Personalized for Pre-School” which are more geared toward activities that can help kids get used to doing classwork. Introducing kids to their coursework in a fun way can help get them excited to start school, whether they are starting for the first time or returning after a long, fun-filled summer.






Friday, August 7, 2015

Are eBooks Good For Kids?

E-books have become increasingly popular over the past few years. While it has not deterred people from buying physical books, it has instead increased the sale of books altogether. People who already purchased and read books regularly have stuck with their habits, but the presence of e-books has encouraged these same readers to look at a wider variety of books than they ever have before. It has also enticed non-readers into purchasing and trying out books for themselves. The great thing about e-books is that they take up less space and, for many; they tend to cost less than their print counterparts. These factors have helped to sell bestsellers to infrequent readers but it has also made lesser known titles and authors far more marketable as well.

Why e-books?
Now, what does any of this have to do with children, you ask? Well, a lot of the same logic applies. E-books can be great alternatives for children who already love to read. As a parent, you can introduce more titles to your child than ever before. Since you will also be buying your child these books or lending them from the library in limited numbers, knowing that you can purchase cheaper e-books or even find some free online, can certainly put you at ease.

For the reluctant reader, e-books can be exactly what may help a child get hooked. In this day and age, tablets, phones and computers are a part of our everyday lives. It has gotten to the point where even kids demand a significant amount of screen time to watch their shows and play their games. As a parent, you can make a child’s screen time valuable by making sure that they are at least using a majority of this time to ply educational games and watch interactive and imaginative shows. The same goes for e-books. If a child is reluctant to pick up a book and wants to use their tablet instead, there are plenty of interactive e-books out there that can pique their interest. Some of these e-books feel more like games, especially if they are on a screen. Since many reluctant readers feel as if reading is a chore for them, introducing them to e-books can show them just how fun it can be.

For these same nonreaders, there are not only plenty of fun e-books out there, but there are even personalized e-books that make the experience even more exciting. KD Novelties has several personalized e-books that can feature your child’s name and make them feel like they are a part of the story.
Personalized eBooks for Kids
e-books and Comprehension
E-books can be great learning tools for avid and nonreaders alike. The interactive interface can make the material more engaging and exciting for them, which can be extremely helpful if you are introducing them to reading material that is more educational than fantastical. Reading any kind of book will help boost their reading comprehension and even their writing skills, but if you want to introduce your child to a more difficult subject or want them to read a more informational book, then using an e-book format can make it feel more fun for them. This can be especially helpful to parents who homeschool their children or parents who want to play a bigger role in their child’s education outside of school.

Engagement
For many kids, looking at a screen is far more engaging than looking at a page. On a technical level, these two activities are identical, but to a child whose world is increasingly becoming more and more digital, it may be the thing that helps them interact with books and reading more in general. Even if your child is not reading an e-book per se, even encouraging them to use their tablet for educational games and other activities means that they are learning how to become more computer literate. In the fast-growing technological world, this sort of skill can be vital. So many children these days know how to better navigate the settings of an app than their parents do. Computer literacy also means that they are developing their general literacy as well. As kids learn how to go through the motions of menus and sidebars, they learn how to read some things on their own out of their own inherent interests.

As far as e-books go, some kids may feel more of a sense of engagement and accomplishment when reading in this format as it sometimes provides additional visual cues that physical books cannot offer. While reading does require visual skills, not all visual learners are good readers. Depending on what you use to read e-books, some devices provide in-system dictionaries to help with words that kids may not recognize. Some also allow for the reader to highlight sections and use the Internet to ask questions or find related sites to the books they read. Even the counter on the bottom of most books telling the reader just how far they’ve gotten can help keep kids motivated as it may feel a bit like a video game.

How to Read an e-Book with Your Child
Reading an e-book is a lot like reading a traditional book. If you are trying to get a reluctant reader to read, reading aloud and often with them can help encourage them to read on their own. If you are reading with an avid reader, then you can ask them to read to you instead.

As a parent, you will want to read e-books with your child before letting them read them on their own. This way you can help them learn how to operate the device and how to use everything they have available. Showing them how to read on their own will encourage them to be responsible when they do so alone.
 
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