Reading to babies and toddlers is both a fun activity and an important way of developing a love for books and reading in your children. According to KidsHealth, “Studies show that kids with active exposure to language have social and educational advantages over their peers – and reading is one of the best exposures to language.”
So, when I was asked to review a Reading Club for children I was more than happy to do so. Learn more about how the Tessy and Tab Reading Club can make reading a favorite activity for your child too.
I have been reading to my daughter ever since she was a baby and today, as a toddler, she not only enjoys reading several times during the day but also uses a lot of words and sentences from her favorite books.
Why are Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers Important?
Books are the easiest way to read to toddlers. As the KidsHealth article states, one does not need games or flash cards to help toddlers know the letters of the alphabet or understand that marks on a page represent letters words. All one needs to do is read frequently to a child. Simple books and magazines that use colorful pictures, easy-to-understand words and an interesting story are perfect for toddlers.
How the Tessy and Tab Reading Club Works
The Tessy and Tab Reading Club offers parents a simple yet unique program to help build reading skills early on. All one needs to do is sign up for the reading club at www.tessyandtab.com and get a magazine delivered to your child via mail twice a month. The concept is interesting for kids right from the start. Receiving mail addressed to your child will make him feel all grown-up. Moreover, the magazines have no advertisements, use durable, high quality paper and soy-based inks making them completely safe for kids to read.
According to the founders, the Tessy and Tab Reading Club is based on the Six Skills for Early Literacy and help prepare toddlers and preschoolers to be independent readers. The Reading Club has received a lot of recognition from parent-friendly organizations and publications, such as Parenting Magazine, Teachers’ Choice Award 2007, Savvy Mommy Seal of Approval and others.
Moreover, the Tessy and Tab Reading Club keeps parents involved by sending a Grown-Up Guide for each magazine and provides several fun online printables as well.
What are the Tessy and Tab Magazines All About
Each issue of the magazine deals with a preschool life experience, has colorful images, simple words and sentences and fun activities at the end. Through simple language, the magazines discuss good habits, being responsible, learning new things and having fun. My daughter loved reading about Potty Training since that is something she is experiencing right now! As a mom, I loved the fact that the magazines encourage toddlers and preschoolers read, enjoy books and learn about healthy habits.
Choose Gifts for Kids from the Tessy and Tab Reading Club
In addition to the regular magazine subscription, the Reading Club also offers great gifts and kits for parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts. Personally, I would love if my daughter was gifted a subscription to the Reading Club. Not only will she get a magazine every two weeks, she would see it is from her uncle or aunt and probably want to call them up each time she gets it.
We received the Money Manager Gift Kit and the Kindergarten Confidence Kit to review and both are quite incredible. The Money Manager Gift Kit has a really cute Moonjar Money Bank, books featuring Tessy and Tab with money and a Parent’s Guide to Building Early Financial Skills. My daughter loved “reading” Earn Allowance and has also started putting loose change (she doesn’t get allowance yet!) into the Moonjar Bank.
The Kindergarten Confidence Kit is really helpful if your toddler, like mine, is about to start or has just started preschool. It has cute colorful posters on My School and People and Places. It also has 4 books featuring Tessy and Tab at kindergarten and a DVD featuring a real day at kindergarten.
Overall, the gift kits are a complete winner in my books.
I love the Tessy and Tab Reading Club program simply because it offers a simple, fun and interesting approach to make reading an integral part of your preschooler’s life. I completely recommend this for parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts who wish to give a child the gift of books and reading.
Disclaimer: Samples of the magazines and kits were provided to Untrained Housewife for the review. No other compensation was received.