This is a wonderful game that hits all the right notes: reading, strategic thinking and fun. Kids won’t even realize they’re learning–plus, it’s not lame (if you’ve ever played an online game that’s “good for you,” you’ll see how important that is, and how rare). You use your computer’s arrow […]
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ICYMI, here’s a post I wrote awhile back for the wonderful reading website, 49th Shelf. I talk about the three “must-dos” to create a life-long reader. They still hold true. Raising a Reader: my guest post on 49th Shelf.
Here’s a really fun game that will get your kids reading, and they won’t even knowing they’re practising their reading. Best of all, this game is electronic, which will make kids like it even more. Taboo is a popular board game–Taboo Buzz’d is an electronic version of it. You have to get your partner(s) […]
uKloo is a terrific literacy game. Incredibly–wonderfully–they somehow managed to top it. Toronto game-maker Doreen Dotto recently launched uKloo, Riddle Edition. The premise of uKloo is simple—it’s a treasure hunt. You (the parent) hide cards around the house that kids find and which lead them to the next clue. For instance, […]
Here are some good ideas to help boost your child’s literacy without leaving the back seat. (Them, not you. You’re driving. Hands on the wheel!) The post also has ideas for apps and in-car activities for kids. From Scholastic.
Monkey GO Happy, Guess? is an odd game, yes it is. But it’s fun. Kids’ll like it. And you can’t deny, it’s all about words. The online game is one of a series of simple, quirky word games by PencilKids. In Monkey GO Happy, Guess? (the spelling and punctuation of its name belie its […]
Here’s a smart, fun game that’s great for literacy and for improving typing skills. In Must Pop Words, letters – inside bouncy balls – fall down and accumulate at the bottom of the page. You have to type words using the letters. Every word you type erases those letters. If […]
My niece told me about a game that her friend’s mom used to set up to get her kids more interested in reading. She would scatter letters around the room. Each letter had a price on it. “Easier” letters like E might be worth a penny or five cents, whereas “harder” letters like […]
My picture book, Gabby, is coming out this September. I’m excited! The illustrations are by Jan Dolby and it’s published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside. I’ll be doing some readings in schools, book stores and at Word On The Street to publicize the book. I sewed and stuffed some fabric letters to […]
Studies show that kids who read during the summer jump back into school with a head-start. Kids who take the summer off (reading, that is), often tend to find September a bit of a struggle. So for all kinds of reasons, it’s good to keep your kid reading during the summer. […]