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Build that Home Library On a Budget!

file000981314557.jpgDid you know that children having a home library is just as important as the parent’s own education level?  That’s what a 20-year longitudinal study by a University of Nevada, Reno, found while studying families in the United States and China, with the astonishing fact that having around 500 books at home has a similar effect to having two college-educated parents1, with kids in both of these situations going at least 3 years more education-wise than compared to other factors in the study. It also shows the impact of having a home library, and so to get ready for those long summer days, holiday breaks, or road trips, I’ll give you some tips on how you can build your very own library at home for your children to enjoy!

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School Librarian Creates a Culture of Reading With an Expanded Library and Involved Families

Big Universe Picture 2 Librarian Carol Nanney instructs students using Big Universe

As a high-achieving school, McKenzie Elementary School has a problem most districts dream about: how to show improvement when test scores are already better than state averages. “We have always had 5s in achievement, but struggled to improve our growth score,” says Carol Nanney, the librarian at McKenzie. “This year, our growth score in literature increased from a 1 to a 3. Big Universe has sparked excitement in our students.”

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Four Tips to Starting A Summer Book Club in Your Neighborhood

kids-1550017_1920.jpgSummer’s in full swing, and many students are out of school, with caregivers looking for meaningful activities to keep their kids engaged through those long summer days.  Reading is a great way to do this–as ongoing reading and learning opportunities help stymie the summer slide phenomenon kids experience annually1.  Why not engage in this activity as a family or better yet as a community?  Read on for some ways you can make reading clubs fun and excite the whole family.

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The Benefits of Using eBooks in your Classroom

Children-With-Tablet-Computer-300x199.jpgToday’s kids are used to having access to access to their devices 24/7…at home, on the bus, at school, and everywhere in between. When they want to learn something new, they reach for these devices to do an internet search or to communicate on social media about that topic. They are hard-wired to be comfortable in a digital environment and they look to it as their first and most meaningful learning tool. Consider these benefits of incorporating eBooks into your classroom:

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