The World’s Easiest DIY Bookmarks

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I LOVE craft projects. I have a whole closet dedicated to meticulously labelled craft supplies, which I have been lovingly collecting since I was pregnant with my first child, and dreaming about spending long, leisurely afternoons with her, assembling original creations, as we chat.

Sometimes, though, all those craft supplies can seem much more attractive neatly organizes in the closet, than they do strewn in industrial quantities across our dining room table. All I’m saying is that while big ambitious projects can be hugely satisfying, sometimes you can muster just enough energy for something a little more manageable.

That’s why we […]


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Origami Monster Bookmarks

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Origami is the traditional Japanese art of folding paper to make shapes of all kinds. In this fun craft project, we use some of those techniques to make gruesome monster bookmarks that seem to gobble up the corner of your page.

Note that our use of glue is unorthodox in origami circles, but makes for sturdier bookmarks and simpler instructions, so we are hoping to be forgiven just this once. :-)

 

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Here is what you will need for each bookmark:

  • 1 x 6″ square colored paper (origami paper is practical […]

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Kids Weigh In! 8 Ways that Reading Rewards Them

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The name of our site can sometimes lead people to think that our main purpose is to offer external rewards for reading. In reality, Reading Rewards is first and foremost an interactive reading log site, packed full of features that have nothing to do with rewards. In fact, 60% of teachers registered with Reading Rewards never set up a single reward!

We believe that there is nothing wrong with giving reluctant readers a little extra encouragement to get them started on the path to […]


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11 Creative Reading Incentives for your Classroom

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Although Reading Rewards lets you set up fun little incentives to motivate kids to read, we like to say, and firmly believe, that the true reward is in the reading.

Teachers in the Reading Rewards community seem to agree: According to our database, 60% of our teachers take full advantage of Reading Rewards’ reading log functionality without setting up a single reward. And when we challenged our young readers to tell us how reading rewards them, we received over 1,500 empassioned responses.

Still, many of us know children who are more reluctant readers, and who need an extra little push. […]


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Author Spotlight: An Interview with Jeff Kinney

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We have decided to launch a new segment on our blog, which puts the spotlight on popular children’s authors. Today, we launch our first installment.

We know our Reading Rewards members are huge fans of New York Times bestselling author, Jeff Kenny, and his Wimpy Kid series. We asked Mr. Kinney if he would be willing to answer a few of our questions. Lucky for us, he graciously accepted!

Reading Rewards: What do you think of the fact that you are, by far, the most read author on […]


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How to Make Bookmarks for Valentine’s Day

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Kids love Valentine’s Day! And what could be more fun than offering cute little gifts to all of your friends?

Unfortunately, what’s fun for your children can translate into climbing costs for you…. especially if they plan to offer a cute little something to each of their classmates.

Take heart, parents and teachers! We have an idea for your little cupids that won’t break the bank. It’s also a really nice addition to any book you want to offer in celebration of International Book Giving Day!

How to make bookmarks

You […]


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DIY Bookmarks: Falling Star Magnetic Bookmarks

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As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonades! This past weekend’s freezing rain had us seriously homebound, which is why we decided to have a family craft session.

You may have noticed that we have a penchant for stars? That’s why, even though we know we aren’t the first to make magnetic bookmarks (thanks for the inspiration, Vanessa!), we just couldn’t resist making our own variation, for our starry-eyed friends.

Book Craft Falling Star Bookmark

The great news is that these are really easy to […]


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By |January 15th, 2014|Crafts|0 Comments

Fishing with the principal, anyone?

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Reading Reward ideaThis week, we received a wonderful email in our inbox from a Riverside Elementary School Resource Specialist. We wanted to share this success story with you, and let you know how much it means to us to that our users take the time to write to us. It makes all our hard work seem worthwhile!

What we particularly love about this story is that the principal is not only supportive of the project, he is fully involved. A reward in the RR store will earn a student an […]


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Top 10 Reasons Why Books Make the Best Gifts

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Still looking for the perfect gifts for those hard-to-please people on your list? Don’t worry, so are we! But one of our favourite holiday stops for shopping has always been the bookstore.
Here are 10 top reasons to make sure there are lots of books under the tree this year!

Why Books Make the Best PresentsTop 10 Reasons Why Books Make the Best Presents:

1. Books are easier to wrap than footballs.
2. Books don’t need batteries.
3. Books don’t hurt when you step on them in the middle […]


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Reading is Reading… Right?

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Guest post by Serge Alalouf, an Honorary Professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Having raised two daughters, Alalouf grappled with the challenge of stimulating their interest in reading. His unorthodox approach sparked criticism, which prompted this post.

Reluctant readerSome weeks ago I asked myself why some children are avid readers and others not. Are readers made or born? So I started searching the literature on the subject.

It is huge! Hundreds of sophisticated experiments, thousands of subjects and a constellation of theories, conjectures, and conclusions. Some results are intriguing — I may […]


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