Monthly Archives: October 2011


Helping kids understand 7 billion people

According to UN calculations, the world's population is expected to reach 7 billion sometime today, October 31, 2011. That's an incredible number, one that's hard for even adults to wrap their heads around. But what about kids? When I told my boys about this milestone, I could see they were struggling a bit to grasp [...]

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My kid's got the Assigned Reading Blues

My kids are finishing up their mid-term break this weekend, and it's been great fun for them. They've had fabulous outings with grandparents, play dates with friends, and chilling-out time with us at the cottage. My younger guy, however, has had a little black cloud hanging over his head for most of the week because [...]

5 Reasons Why Your Kids Shouldn't Read

Sometimes, it feels like you're banging your head against a wall trying to get those kids of yours to read. Do you want my advice? Don’t bother. Here are my top 5 reasons why your kids should stay away from books. The more kids read, the more they know. Seriously, who wants kids to know [...]

New Reading Log Printables!

While many use as a great alternative to paper reading logs, few people realize that we have a cool 'Printables' section where kids and teachers can print off reading progress using a number of different reading log templates and reports. Today we added a comprehensive Classroom Reading Summary Report, which provides a reading group [...]

Geocaching: get kids reading … a compass!

About a year ago, my family and I discovered Geocaching, an amazing outdoor activity that teaches kids to read... maps, that is! We had heard about it from various people, and thought we'd give it a try one fall weekend when heading out for hike. Our kids generally love the outdoors, but the idea of [...]

It's a Halloween Treasure Hunt!

It's that time of the year again, and we thought we'd send the kids on a Halloween Treasure Hunt! Between now and the end of October, members will be racing each other to find the most Halloween icons in our grid. Kids get 1 try per 10 minutes of reading, up to a maximum [...]

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