Encouraging a Love for Reading with Vooks
I talk a lot about how there have been lots of challenges this year, and they’re challenges that we’ve all been experiencing. Being a mama of two working from home and homeschooling a kindergartener for the first time has been interesting to say the least. Most days I feel guilty for either not getting enough work done, not spending enough time homeschooling or not being present enough with the boys. The list goes on and on, but like I discussed in this post mom guilt doesn’t help anyone. Instead of dwelling on the things I’m not doing right, I would rather find solutions. We’ve been using the Vooks app since the summer and it’s been super helpful so I wanted to share it with all of you.
This post is sponsored by Vooks, all opinions are my own.
I’ve always loved reading and before I had kids I always hoped my kids would share my love for reading. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep Gray engaged in his homeschooling lessons, so I want to make sure that he doesn’t start having a negative view of reading and his education. The Vooks app has made reading so much fun and is super helpful for kids of all ages (especially early readers). They’ve made it their mission to encourage and inspire kids to fall in love with reading so they’re definitely a company whose values I align with.
What is Vooks?
You’re probably wonder what the Vooks app is. Basically, it’s a streaming library of ad-free, kid-safe animated read-aloud story books. The stories are brought to life to encourage children to use their imaginations and help foster a love for reading. My favorite part is that they also offer free printable lessons that offer discussion topics, engaging activities and more. Not only is it a safe place for kids to enjoy fun stories, but they can also learn important reading retention skills.
What types of stories does Vooks have?
You can find stories based on age, popular titles, seasonal stories, and categories like Be You, Be Kind and Be Creative. I have a one year-old and a six year-old and they both love watching these animated stories. We’ve been trying to teach our youngest sign language so I love that they have one of our fave’s Nita’s First Signs to help teach him in a more fun and engaging way. We also love the Slumberkins stories because they help with emotional intelligence and teach the boys important lessons like gratitude, courage and mindfulness.
Seasonal Vooks Stories
Since we’ve been homeschooling, I’ve loved using Vooks as a supplemental tool. Around the holidays, I love that they feature seasonal stories. Over Christmas break, we’ve been watching their holiday stories and then doing the accompanying lessons. It’s been such a fun way to bond nd learn together while being festive. Some of our favorite holiday stories have been:
- The Nutcracker
- Rudolph and the Reindeer Games
- Christmas Train
- Arctic Christmas
Better Screen Time
We’ve al had those days where we’ve been super busy, and have let our kids have way more screen time than we’d like. I honestly don’t feel comfortable with most of the kids apps that are out there so I love having the option to provide my little ones with a safe, educational option. They truly do enjoy it and Vooks really does bring stories to life in such a unique and entertaining way. As mamas, we have SO much on our plates right now. There’s no shame in needing a break every now and then, and the Vooks app is a great way to give your self a little break for a few minutes while your children are secretly learning. It’s also a great way to bond with your child if you can watch the stories together and then talk about it after!
The Vooks app is awesome because we can use it on a desktop, tablet or phone so our boys are able to access fun, animated stories no matter where we are! Another benefit is that you save tons of money and it’s also more eco-friendly than constantly buying new books.
Vooks is kind enough to offer parents their first month for free! Sign up for a free 30 day Vooks trial here !
This was awesome! I am definitely trying it out. You are always such a great help for us moms.