National Geographic has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My grandpa had a subscription when I was a kid and whenever I’d visit, there would always be a couple stacks of those familiar, yellow-framed magazines under the table by his chair. I couldn’t even fathom a guess as to how many hours I spent traveling the world through those magazines from the comfort of my grandma’s braided area rug.
When National Geographic Kids gave me the chance to review their Super Readers program through a partnership with Moms Meet, I was honored to take them up on it. And, from the excitement on my boys’ faces when they were pouring through the kid-friendly, educational books, I couldn’t help but have flashbacks of those days at my grandparents’ house.
The National Geographic Kids Super Readers program encourages children to read by integrating a simple reward system with loads of colorful, kid-friendly books filled with amazing pictures and facts about tons of fascinating subjects from animal life to geography. The books are categorized into four reading levels:
- Pre-reader – for kids who are ready to start learning to read. The sentences are short and simple and the books are only 24 pages in length;
- Level 1 – for kids who are starting to read a little on their own. The sentences are still simple and short, but the books are a bit longer and include a few more features like vocabulary and tips;
- Level 2 – for kids who are ready for longer sentences and more complex reads. They have more challenging vocabulary and offer more features like games, activities and jokes.
- Level 3 – for kids who fluent readers and can handle more challenging sentences and vocabulary. These are loaded with facts, games, activities and more.
Watch this short trailer to find out more:
With its variety of subjects and reading levels, the National Geographic Kids Super Readers program fits my family perfectly. My youngest son is only in preschool, so he’s just starting on his reading journey. My middle son is in kindergarten and has a learning disability, so reading is more of a challenge for him. He’s making great progress with sight reading and basic phonics, but keeping his interest through his added struggles can be a challenge. The vivid pictures and interesting subjects keep both of my younger guys wanting to read more and earn the simple incentives of the program.
What kid doesn’t love stickers and badges?
My eldest son is in first grade, but reads at a much more advanced level. He’s the kind of kid that consumes books like they’re going out of style, and excitedly devours educational books. No joke. He enjoys fun fictional reads, but really loves that the National Geographic Kids books teach him about the world in an entertaining way. His eyes lit up when he was telling me all about the glowing sharks he read about in the Sharks! book we received.
My kids love the National Geographic Kids Super Readers program because they can cross off the books they’ve read from the Super Reader poster and earn prizes as they make progress. It’s a pretty neat program and my boys love everything about it.
As a mom, I love it too. Reading is so important, and a program that makes my boys excited about developing their skills has my badge of approval. As a lifelong National Geographic fan, the books and program are every bit as amazing as I’d hoped they’d be, and I know they’ve made fans of my boys.
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You can sign your kids up for the Super Readers program on the National Geographic Kids website for FREE! Materials like the posters and incentive badges are downloadable straight to your computer. The only cost involved is for buying the Super Reader books which are only $3.99 each. If you have multiple children like I do, the books can be passed along as each kid advances to the next level. You can also start a club with other parents and share the books and activities.
While the materials are downloadable, National Geographic is making it even easier for three Mama’s Got Flair readers to get started on the Super Readers program by giving away a starter kit to each! The kit includes a National Geographic Super Reader book along with a poster, bookmarks and badges (see the picture at the top of the page). Just complete as many of the entries in the Rafflecopter as you’d like. The more you actions you complete, the better you chances of winning, so go nuts and do them all!
Disclosure: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Mom’s Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.