Helping kids understand 7 billion people

According to UN calculations, the world’s population is expected to reach 7 billion sometime today, October 31, 2011.

That’s an incredible number, one that’s hard for even adults to wrap their heads around. But what about kids? When I told my boys about this milestone, I could see they were struggling a bit to grasp the enormity of it.

So I pulled out a fantastic book I bought a few years ago, that is just perfect for the occasion.

if the world were villageIn ‘If the […]

My kid’s got the Assigned Reading Blues

Assigned Reading AnxietyMy kids are finishing up their mid-term break this weekend, and it’s been great fun for them. They’ve had fabulous outings with grandparents, play dates with friends, and chilling-out time with us at the cottage.

My younger guy, however, has had a little black cloud hanging over his head for most of the week because he had 2 pretty major reading assignments, one in English, and one in French, due when he goes back this week.

You know about my passion for getting kids to read, and how […]

5 Reasons Why Your Kids Shouldn’t Read

Sometimes, it feels like you’re banging your head against a wall trying to get those kids of yours to read. Do you want my advice? Don’t bother. Here are my top 5 reasons why your kids should stay away from books.

  1. The more kids read, the more they know.Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader
  2. Seriously, who wants kids to know stuff? Just think about all the conversations you’ll be forced to have about topics you may know nothing about. It’s enough they learn all this stuff in school, and then bug […]

New Reading Log Printables!

While many use as a great alternative to paper reading logs, few people realize that we have a cool ‘Printables’ section where kids and teachers can print off reading progress using a number of different reading log templates and reports.

Today we added a comprehensive Classroom Reading Summary Report, which provides a reading group administrator detailed stats that include the following:

  • Total reading minutes per student
  • Total number of books finished per student
  • Reading minutes (graph form)
  • Percent target reached (if you have set a daily or weekly reading target for your students, this pie chart will show you which percentage of […]

Geocaching: get kids reading … a compass!

GeocachingAbout a year ago, my family and I discovered Geocaching, an amazing outdoor activity that teaches kids to read… maps, that is! We had heard about it from various people, and thought we’d give it a try one fall weekend when heading out for hike.

Our kids generally love the outdoors, but the idea of a 2 hour trek through the forest didn’t do much for them. But when we mentioned we’d combine it with a treasure hunt, and their challenge would be to find hidden treasures […]

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    It’s a Halloween Treasure Hunt! It’s a Halloween Treasure Hunt!

    It’s a Halloween Treasure Hunt!

It’s a Halloween Treasure Hunt!

It’s that time of the year again, and we thought we’d send the kids on a Halloween Treasure Hunt!

Between now and the end of October, members will be racing each other to find the most Halloween icons in our grid. Kids get 1 try per 10 minutes of reading, up to a maximum of 6 tries per day.

Halloween Treasure Hunt

How to play our Halloween Treasure Hunt

  1. If you don’t already have an account, sign up for a free account on
  2. Make sure you spend some quiet time […]