Archives for January 2011

Target Read With Me (iPad Giveaway!)

I‘m excited to announce that Simple Kids is joining in to support Target’s reading initiative, Target Read With Me. Target’s goal is to launch a national conversation about the importance of reading with children and the critical role parents and caring adults play in nurturing a love of reading among children.

This giveaway is now closed.  The winner will be announced Wednesday, January 19.  Thank you!

Focusing on a goal of helping U.S. kids read proficiently by the end of third grade, Target is asking people to make a pledge to make time for reading to the children in their lives.

Target is asking you to make a commitment to reading with your kids on a regular basis.

“Whether that means starting each day by exploring the newspaper, being a reading buddy in your community, or reading an extra bedtime story on the weekends, every page is a step toward success.”- Target website

Target is helping adults make this commitment with resources and reading tips for pre-K to ages 4th grade and up on their website.  They’ve also got a pdf file with tips for a Family Reading Night.

By the end of 2015, Target plans to donate more than $500 million to support education, doubling its support to date, for a total of more than $1 billion.  And, you can do your part by taking the pledge to read to the kids in your life.  When when you take the pledge, Target will donate books to kids in need, donating up to 2 million age-appropriate books.

I know from past conversations we’ve had on this blog that reading to our children is important to Simple Kids readers.  I’m asking you guys to join in me in taking the Read With Me pledge.

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Weekend Links

More Winter Fun: Doing the Unexpected

The following is by editor Kara Fleck.

The weatherman told us this week that 49 of the 50 U.S. states have snow.  Chances are, if you are living in an area that doesn’t currently have a snowy forecast, you’re dealing with gray skies and unfriendly weather, or perhaps are just in the mid-January dull-drums.

Maybe you’ve been snowed in for most of the week and are running short on ideas and inspiration.  What can be done to shake up an ordinary winter day?

I have gathered up a few ideas for you today that involve being a little bit silly, doing things that are unexpected, and that hopefully will be a lot of fun on these January snow days.

Winter Fun: the Unexpected

Have an Indoor Picnic – Sometimes what we need is a change in perspective, doing something familiar in a new way.  Spread a tablecloth on the floor and have dinner together tonight as an indoor picnic.  I’m planning to set up my family with dinner in front of the fireplace in the living room (the warmest room in our house right now).

Mix Up the Seasons – Wear  your Hawaiian printed shirts (perhaps over your long underwear?), break out summer’s fancy drink umbrellas and swirly straws, make cocoa popsicles, cuddle up with a few beach towels during story time, let the kids play with the sandbox shovel and pail in the bathtub tonight (if you live at my house, you might want to make sure they aren’t still sandy first), camp out in the living room.

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