My son had run out of books. Already read the new Rick Riordan. Finished his school-assigned books. Bored of reading. I needed to rekindle his interest in reading, but how? I looked to his main hobby–nay, obsession–baseball. I’d already done something I thought was pretty darned clever. I found a couple […]
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 […]
Here’s why we say you should “scatter books around the house.”
I want you to watch this exciting speech by Sugata Mitra on TED.com that illustrates the extent to which kids can teach themselves.
Through his “Hole in the Wall” project he conducted a series of experiments in 1999.
Could this be Snappy the mouse? Well, no, I made him up. But if there was a mouse named Snappy, this would be him. In a bi-plane. Image: by Dvortygirl. Here’s a great way to help your child succeed at reading and at the same time develop a love of books… […]
Haille Bailey-Harris is an amazing teenager. His mom helped him get on the right path, in part by nurturing his love of reading. An incredible success story In the Globe and Mail‘s coverage of “boys and education” this week, a very moving column by a boy named Haille Bailey-Harris caught […]
My son reads a lot. Erm… well, he used to. It appears that I’ve been resting on some laurels that have deserted me while I was looking the other way. (To use an overly complicated metaphor.) Over the summer, I started to notice that my son has been playing more […]
One mom found an interesting way to get her daughter reading. She paid her. I think that’s really interesting. Now, as this mom told us about what she’d done, she cringed a little—she knew full well that bribery is not the best way to hook a kid on reading. She […]
I’m going to be working with an eight-year-old to teach him long and short vowel sounds. I know him fairly well, so I know he’s into Lego, and computers and art. So I’ve come up with some activities that take advantage of those interests. I’m going to start by asking […]
Last month, I talked to a mom whose son wasn’t reading. She was really distraught about it, and was searching for ways to get him interested in picking up a book. I gave her some suggestions:*Since her son is active, go for a walk and the read signs and ads […]
Willy Wonka has been a huge success. As you may remember from a previous post, my son and I were looking for a book to read aloud, and I stumbled upon Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Raold Dahl. We read it in the course of about five nights and […]