Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Literacy, Cereal, and Books {Oh, My!}

A couple months ago I was presented with the opportunity to partner with Post Alpha-Bits cereal and The Little Free Library to promote literacy. I was pretty excited to be a part of bringing a fun, easy and FREE option to find and share books in our community!

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I'll fill you in on more information about the library in an upcoming post once I have all the final details in place. Today, though, I wanted to share about how you can incorporate learning, spelling, and literacy into your breakfast or snack routine!






Recently, Kaydin and I started our Sunday morning with a bowl of Alpha-Bits cereal and a fun game. I gave her a bowl of dry cereal and told her to create as many words as she could.


She was busy creating and building for quite some time! When she couldn't find the letter she was searching for she improvised and created her own using her little teeth and eating the scraps!  :)


There are lots of fun ways you can add a learning component to your mealtime using these fun little letters!


Other Literacy Ideas:
1. Separate consonants and vowels into different piles

2. Find the same letters and words as in the book you are currently reading

3. Make a craft! Make a picture using the cereal and names of your family members to hang in your home.

4. Have your child pick out a category of words (foods, colors, animals, things in the home, etc.)

5. Take turns  finding and creating words and then create a story using other improv filler words.

6. For younger kids, simply call out which letter you want them to pick out.


Literacy is such an important part of a child's development. If you can find fun ways to sneak in learning, especially with a small snack they will love and can eat during the lesson, it makes it that much more enjoyable for them.
  • 26 percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently.
  • The Educational Testing Services reported that students who do more reading at home are better readers and have higher math scores.
  • The National Center for Education Statistics reported that children who were read to frequently are also more likely to:
    • Read (77% vs. 57%)
    • Count to 20, or higher than those who were not (60% vs. 44%)
    • Write their own names (54% vs. 40%)


Children's Book Week is May 12-18 this year. Celebrate by reading to those little ones in your life!

To find some great recipes using Alpha-Bits cereal visit here!

To learn more about Little Free Library, visit http://littlefreelibrary.org/ or connect on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: I was provided with two boxes of cereal and a library structure and books to fill the library. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.