Grateful? Put a Penny in Your Shoe

By | 2017-10-05T11:09:56+00:00 November 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|

In my elementary school library, it became a tradition the week before Thanksgiving to put a penny in my shoe and invite the children who visited the library to do the same. The challenge: Keep the penny in your shoe while you are wearing it until Thanksgiving Day. The purpose: Every time you feel the [...]

11 Things to Teach Children About Veterans Day – November 11th

By | 2017-10-05T11:09:56+00:00 November 7th, 2015|Uncategorized|

The first week of November, during my library lessons, I would ask the children what important day is coming up this month? They would always respond, “Thanksgiving.” I would tell them that there is another important day besides Thanksgiving that happens on November 11th. Then the children would often say something like, “Oh yeah, isn’t [...]

Reading with Dad

By | 2017-10-05T11:09:56+00:00 October 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|

We had a conversation recently with a dad who used a Reading Incentive Kit™ as he read Ready Freddy! Camping Catastrophe! by Abby Klein to his four-year-old son. Because of other commitments, they missed reading together one night.  The son was upset and insisted they read together the next morning before they had breakfast. When [...]

Foster Independent Reading in Children

By | 2017-10-05T11:09:56+00:00 October 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|

“My kids have had a blast reading with the Reading Incentive Kits. I have used these with 4 of my children and all have benefitted. My older, experienced readers have become more active readers because of these kits. They think more about what they are reading, make connections to the story and characters they read [...]

Reading Motivation – the Easy Way

By | 2017-10-05T11:09:56+00:00 October 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|

In this RIK Reader Success Story, Janessa shares how a Reading Incentive Kit makes reading motivation easy. “I have a daughter who is an avid reader. The kits provided enrichment materials that helped her engage with books in a fun, new way.  I have a son who is more of a reluctant reader. I rarely [...]

Developing a love of reading with fun

By | 2017-10-05T11:09:56+00:00 October 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|

We all know it. Motivation from in front with a carrot is much better than from behind with a whip. The same principle applies to parents who want to instill in their children a love of reading. Elementary school librarian, Paula Ruesch recognized that principle and started a successful summer book camp for 2nd to [...]

How to motivate young readers to love to read

By | 2015-06-17T13:50:20+00:00 June 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|

For the last three years we have been testing the Reading Incentive Kit™ reading motivator (RIK™ for short) with dozens of young readers and the response has been overwhelmingly positive, both from children and from their parents. Children love reading with RIK because inside each kit is 5 to 9 small packages, each containing a surprise [...]