4 Reasons Why We’re Doing Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge #SummerReading

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This summer vacation we're going online for our summer reading program. We're doing the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge "Reading Under the Stars."  Now that the girls are on break, they're reading every day and going to the Scholastic site to record their minutes and do book-related activities. Here's why we're glad we have the Scholastic Reading Challenge and think … [Read more...]

26 Books for Kids Who Love Harry Potter

books for kids who like Harry Potter

If your kids are big Harry Potter fans like mine, here are 26 similar books they'll also love and I highly recommend. 39 Clues by Rick Riordan Age Range (8-12 years) This series has about a billion books so if your kids like it, they'll be reading and reading and reading. There are also series within series but you'll figure it out as you go. To start off, two orphan … [Read more...]

Motivate Kids with a Summer Reading Program

Summer joy, hammock - girl with a book resting on a hammock in the garden

Want to keep your kids reading over the summer? How about joining a summer reading program! Plan for a summer reading program (or two) because it helps motivate kids with reading incentives and provides accountability. Here are all your options: 1. Your Public Library Make this your first stop for summer reading. Most public libraries will be kicking their summer … [Read more...]

Get Your Kids Thinking with Riddles

super fun riddle game for kids

UKloo Riddle Treasure Hunt gets kids reading, thinking, and problem solving. And it's totally fun! Don't you want to make reading and thinking fun for your kids? Especially over the long summer vacation? I know. Me, too. Which is why I'm telling you about uKloo Riddle Edition as part of my Summer Discovery Learning Series. All summer I'll be giving you ideas to make … [Read more...]

How Many Books Should Kids Read Over the Summer?

How Many Books Should Kids Read Over the Summer

Summer Slide is a real thing. If kids don't practice, regression and loss happens. (Just like working out!) And get this --  46% of tweens are reading less than 4 books over summer vacation! That's not very much. Especially when reading skills get lost without practice. What number would be better? What if your kids had lots of opportunities to read? What if they … [Read more...]

Wordless Picture Books Make for an Amazing Writing Prompt

Use Wordless Picture Books to Write Poetry

by Terri Thompson of Creative Family Fun Have you ever read a wordless picture book? They are so wonderful for many reasons: 1) Pre-readers can read a wordless picture book independently and 2) both readers and pre-readers can practice their storytelling skills. And, as we found out, they provide a great springboard for writing poetry. My 1st-grader and I grabbed a … [Read more...]

Watch For These New Picture Books

new picture books to watch for

   Ooh, there's so many new picture books to tell you about! If your kids are under 4, The Ultimate Book of Vehicles and What's In Your Purse are my favorite recommendations. If your kids are 4 - 8, there are many books with good lessons to learn,  and for those 8 and up, The Interacive Art Book and The Wreck of the Zephr will prompt lots of thinking!   What's in Your … [Read more...]

Should You Download SylvanPlay Apps?

Playing SylvanPlay Apps

Yes! You're going to want to download SylvanPlay's 9 FREE apps. Why? Because they're fun, educational, and high-quality. My kids loved the SylvanPlay apps - especially Sushi Scramble - and they're the pickiest testers. I was impressed with the SylvanPlay app's beautiful graphics, the easy usability, the this-is-so-fun-I-can't-stop quality, and the embedded learning within … [Read more...]