Reading Chest Review

I
love any opportunity to further develop my boys reading ability. They have well-stocked bookshelves but I
find it hard gauging the level of book they should be reading. I also think the hardest part of learning to
read is maintaining their enthusiasm and desire to continue reading.

They
seem to enjoy fresh reading material and with Reading Chest on the Silver plan,
eldest is having a regular stream of new books to discover. He seems more motivated than ever before,
the books seem well suited and interesting. 
Eldest has asked to stay up a little later to read another when its book
delivery day! He gets very excited as
the envelope is addressed to him, its fun getting your own post when you’re
only six.

As a parent I would gladly continue paying for the scheme
when my review trial runs out, I can see eldest benefiting from it
already! After payday I might set
youngest off on his Reading Chest adventure, so I can see improvements for him
too. It is difficult juggling both boys
and I feel his reading needs some work now after so much focus on his
brother. After all eldest is sailing
through the turquoise (stage 7) book band and in a short while I might try
moving him on to a more challenging band. 

We have had to play catch up as the focus on reading in
Wales is naturally Welsh, but because of this English does suffer. But thankfully with Reading Chest this will
no longer be the case. I have a feeling
eldest will fly through the levels and continue to develop a love of reading,
which is a relief as he is getting stage 4 books sent home each week with
school which is below those we tend to read.

Motivating
a child to read can be tricky, but Reading Chest seems to think of everything,
they send you a little reward chart to add stickers every time your child
completes a story! Eldest enjoys adding
the sticker after finishing a book and it seems to spur him on!!!

I
noticed children can share a subscription which makes it better value for
money, on the silver band you can make two lists, so you could have one book a
week coming for a younger sibling so they still feel part of the reading
journey and learn along the way too!

You
can of course head to the library and access books for free but I think I would
prefer to pay and have a course of books tailored for my son’s level with the
aim of encouraging development, rather than we all head en-masse to the library
and somehow leave with the touch and feel books for children much younger just
because they like the look of them!

The
silver band costs £12.95 a month but I think its very fair, given this includes
the postage to return all your books. 
You get four initially and then you can return three back each time (up
to a maximum of four swaps in a month), you also get the reward chart, some
stickers, a bookmark and a little bag to keep the books save. The books are promptly dispatched so you are never waiting long
for your next delivery. Eldest looks
forward to seeing the postman and getting stuck into his next new book.

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