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How to get your boy reading
Boys

How to get your boy reading

Get him this book. I’m not kidding. This is the “perfect storm” of a book for boys. It’s got what boys love – facts.Short facts – fact bites, actually.And those facts are about video games.And there are cool pictures of people doing crazy things.And the cover has metallic words. You […]

"Project Bookmark" in Toronto
1-hour ideas

"Project Bookmark" in Toronto

And to think, I was going to stop following Mayor Miller’s tweets. I’m glad I didn’t, because today he was tweeting about an amazing enterprise called Project Bookmark Canada. The project takes advantage of the incredible array of books set in Canadian locations. As the Project Bookmark website says, “when […]

Great game: Tick Tock Boom
Games

Great game: Tick Tock Boom

Tick… Tock… Boom is an awesome game my son discovered. You flip over a card that has two or three letters on it: for instance, OU or IRD or REW. Then, each person has to say a word that includes those letters. The catch is, after you say your word, […]

Time for a little Spring cleaning
Reading theory

Time for a little Spring cleaning

It must be Spring.This week I found myself on the floor, in front of my son’s bookshelves, clearing out and arranging. The shelves were getting too squished, and they weren’t really… well, appealing. My theory is that books should be laid out like beautiful fruits, ripe for the picking. His […]

Dial-a-story
15-min. ideas

Dial-a-story

I’m recording some books on CD for our school. It (and another mom in the schoolyard) reminded me that the Metro Toronto Public Library has a wonderful service. It’s Dial-a-Story, and all you have to do is phone a number — and let your child listen. Every day there is […]

The three main factors
Reading theory Research

The three main factors

Your attitude shapes your kids’ attitudes. Researchers recorded years’ worth of everyday interactions across a wide range of families. They discovered three main factors that predict whether a child will be a successful reader. 1) Parents’ attitudes about readingEven in communities without bookstores or libraries, if the parents showed children […]

A cool way to get kids reading
15-min. ideas Games Toys

A cool way to get kids reading

Your child’s Nintendo DS is a reading tool. Betchya didn’t know that. And maybe your child doesn’t either. And just maybe you’re about to be the coolest parent ever. Well, this week. Your child loves the DS, right? Well, there’s a “PICTOCHAT” function that lets two DSs talk back and […]

Crafts

How to get mail

Getting mail is fun. Remember when you were little, and some mail came addressed to you? It was fantastic! And of course, when kids get mail… they read it. Here are some ways to help your child get some mail: *You get mail when you send mail. Help your child […]