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Sunday, 1 March 2009

As my readers know, Giggles & Sugar Kisses is an advocate of reading. In order to read, you must have a good concept of reading comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. Good reading skills start at home and at an early age. As a lover of books, I started my daughter reading by taking her to the library and later joining book clubs and visiting book fairs.

I decided that I would promote more books on my blog in 2009 and encourage parents to start reading and working with their children early to ensure a successful future. I believe we as adults should be examples for our children.

I was thrilled when Meg Rushton, Associate Publicist, from Random House asked me to review 3rd and 4th grade vocabulary/spelling activity and exercise books on my blog. I decided to use my niece and nephew to test the books. Both are in the 3rd grade.

They both enjoyed the activities and both did well. The books allow children to check their answers, they have Check It, the answers on various pages. What's interesting is my niece is in a private school and getting a first rate education. Her tuition is more per year than some people's salary. Her environment is small classes and unlimited attention from her teachers. My nephew attends a public school with classes of 20 - 25 other children and limited attention from his teachers.

My nephew did well because he receives unlimited attention at home and is encouraged to spend time reading, doing his home work daily, and being challenged with activitiy books and computer games that support education.

The books we tested are used by Sylvan Learning. Sylvan has been in business for thirty years and is a trusted partner with parents across the country. Their workbooks are fun, feature activities, stories, and games for all ages. Students have proven that they can develop skills needed to achieve the highest academic levels by using their books.

We're giving away two 3rd Grade workbooks, Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Success. You could be a winner. Here's how: Visit Sylvan Learning and browse their site. Leave a comment on what books would benefit your children and a valid email address. Give Away ends April 1, 2009 at midnight and open to US Residents 18+ only. Posts with invalid email addresses will be disqualified.

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