I stumbled across this great website while browsing the web: BookAdventure.com.
It’s great fun because it incentivizes kids to read. After they finish a book, kids can log on and answer a 5-10 question quiz (depending on the age level of the book). If they get a certain amount correct, they win points that can be accumulated and used to “purchase” real prizes! There are actually some great prizes available, for example:
Camille just saw the picture of the hamster on an e-book prize, and that’s what she’s working toward.
Of course it’s great to provide yet another incentive to read, but what I also really like about this site is that it tests comprehension and prepares them for similar tests in school…all in a fun way, of course. The kids just think it’s a fun game and a way to win prizes! Teachers can also put together class groups and create specialized quizzes and incentives and track student progress.
It’s fairly easy to accumulate prizes. Camille took three quizzes of books she’s recently read and earned 420 points, and it took only maybe 10 minutes.
The one downside to the site is that, although there are 8,000 books available, most of the more recent books that the kids have read (and actually, every book they’ve reviewed on this blog except Stuart Little) do not have quizzes. You can help your kids find books to read on the site, but it is fairly limiting. They are trying to expand the library and parents/teachers can be approved to submit quizzes for new books, but in the meantime…Camille and I spent more time looking for quizzes on books that she’s read recently than it took her to actually complete the quizzes. She is going to choose her next book (Sarah, Plain and Tall) based on the fact that there is a quiz available (it was on her list anyway).
Check it out, let us know what you think!
We spent a lot of time reading Seuss in our house when the kids were young, particularly Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. The rhythm of the stories was great for teaching the kids to read, and it was a lot of fun for me to read aloud as well. Of course, if you really think about it, there’s more to Seuss than meets the eye. George Takei posted this graphic on his Facebook page, and I thought it was genius:
I bought this excellent book at Barnes and Noble for $24.99 right before Christmas…I just saw it at Costco today for $6.99! It’s a great book that provides a lot of different, open-ended projects for use with existing Legos. It allows kids to develop their building skills (and creativity skills) and also can provide some useful Lego byproducts, such as action figure display cabinet built from Legos.
Here it is on Amazon.
Encouraging Reading: A Library is Born.
One day…we will have a library like this. When we win the lottery.
“My kid doesn’t like to read,” I sometimes hear in frustration from moms who love books themselves. I can get the frustration. We love to read. We form book clubs. We look at it as a special break. Then…pulling teeth when asking our kids to do so.
Here are a few strategies I’ve used over the years that, I believe, have contributed to my kids’ love of reading. Some of them were not even thought out, but just organically “happened” as I shared my love of reading with them.
- Early Exposure: We had books EVERYWHERE. In the living room, in the high chair, in the crib. My daughter, here at about 14 months, would literally spend hours sitting in piles of books, “reading”:
Books were “toys”…I didn’t stress over teeth marks and ripped pages, which is contrary to some advice. I let them mutilate them and truly enjoy them…by the time they outgrew the baby books, most looked like they had been handled by hungry tigers. By the way, the first book C is “reading” in this video is Where’s Spot, a must for any toddler.
- Read Aloud. Every day. And we did, from the time they were babies. Not only that, it was the time of day I most anticipated: quiet, special time with my two precious angels. Personally, I try to read at a level that is beyond their own skills: reading chapter books to a picture book reader teaches them to use their imagination. Besides helping your children, you’re also helping yourself: reading aloud is brain exercise. In addition to academic benefits, there are a host of other reasons to read aloud. For more information on this topic, Jim Trelease has an excellent book on the importance of reading to your children. Continue reading