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Learning to Read with McDonalds Happy Meals

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My husband and I decided before we had kids that we wanted to homeschool them.  Once our daughter Ella turned 6, I started teaching her at home using a well known homeschool curriculum.  It was going great until we started to learn to read.  We quickly hit a brick wall.  No matter what I did, I could not get Ella to grasp blending the individual letter sounds together to make words.  We spent months of both of us being in tears trying to get her to read.  Finally in July my husband and I decided to enroll Ella in public school for a number of reasons, one of them being to get help learning to read.


Ella’s now been in school for just over 3 months and I can’t believe the difference.  Not only is she reading but she’s also writing sentences and acing spelling tests.  I have always been avid reader and it’s so much fun to see Ella being able to enter the world of literature.  We spend a lot of time in our home reading books, listening to books, and looking at books!


Like most kids, my kids love McDonalds Happy Meals.  Ella was so excited to get a book  in her McDonalds Happy Meal!  For the entire month of November, McDonalds will be giving one of four different books in each Happy Meal. Ella had so much fun reading her book and recognizing words.  I love that  McDonalds is encouraging parents and families to take time out to read by providing Happy Meal books.


My kids giggled and giggled over the story of the goat who ate everything.  The were also quite intrigued with the bookmark that came with the book.  We haven’t really used bookmarks yet but these went right in their Happy Meal books just in case we forget which book belongs to which kid. I’m looking forward to reading the other books with Ella.


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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by McDonald’s via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of McDonald’s.

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  • Nicole B
    November 6, 2013

    That Goat Who Ate Everything book with the bite taken out of it is so cute. I think it’s great that they are giving out books instead of toys.

  • Kristin Wheeler (
    November 6, 2013

    I love ANY place that tried to incorporate reading! Anything that gets the kids excited about reading is good with me!

  • valmg
    November 5, 2013

    i think the books are much better then most of the toys! Reading is always a good thing.

  • Debi
    November 5, 2013

    I like the books so much better than toys. My girls would love getting a new book with their Happy Meal