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Bring a Story to Life

Bring a Story to Life! Let’s face it, sometimes it’s difficult to get kids interested in books as well as reading. But literacy is becoming increasingly important in our lives as more and more communication turns to the written form. Kids need to know how to read well, write well, and interpret words well. So

16 Ways to Make Reading Playful

Have you ever wondered how to make your kid a reader? In this three part blog series I’ve covered how to turn your kids into readers (12 ways), how to get books into the hands of your kids (11 inexpensive and fun ways) and today we’re going to put the final touches on building a

How to Bring Books Into Your Child’s Life

Friday’s post on building a reader and encouraging reading is just a start. Once you’ve built a reader, you have to nurture that love of the written word and to do so, you are going to need books. Lots of books. And that can get expensive. For example, if you have a kid who can

How to Create a Reader

While creating a reader out of your kids might seem easy and like common sense, sometimes kids surprise us and just don’t get into the whole reading thing. As well, it is easy to forget that sometimes we need to nurture and grow those reading skills–particularly when life badgers us with distractions, the laundry piles

Count Clocks Game

How many clocks do you have in your house? You might be surprised where clocks are hiding. Does your microwave have a clock? How about your stereo? Coffeemaker? DVD player? Phone? Thermostat? Do all the clocks agree with each other? P.S. Daylight Savings Time begins today. Because it is almost spring and the days are

>#389: Write Fan Mail

>Do you have someone you admire? Write them a letter telling them how much you enjoy their singing/dancing/books/acting/rock at the Olympics/basketball playing or whatever it is that they do. You can probably find their mailing address or email address for fans on their website, on the Internet, or by asking your favourite librarian. Usually, famous

Time Yourself: A Math Challenge for Kids

How fast can you run across the yard? How fast can you hop? How fast can you clean your room? How fast can you roll across the living room? Time yourself and see if you can beat your own record! Make this a family activity: Who is the fastest at what? Can they beat their