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Make Your Children Smarter

January 29,2017

If there were something you could do to raise your children’s IQ would you do it? Well, there is! Research shows that reading to children in an interactive style can increase their IQ by 6 points over a six-month period.

What do we mean by an interactive style? We mean engaging your child in book-related conversation before, during, and after reading to them. Although it can take a little longer to read interactively, it is easy to do and is definitely worth doing. See our tips below.


Tips for Interactive Reading

Before reading: Preview a book’s cover and the pictures inside. Ask questions like:

  • What do you see on the cover of this book? (A: Three bears)
  • Have you ever seen bears in real life (A: Yes, at the zoo.) Were the bears at the zoo that you saw wearing clothes like this? (A: No!)
  • Let’s look inside the book at the pictures on every page. After looking at the pictures, what do you think happens to the bears in this story?

During reading: Follow your children’s lead. Stop reading to their answer questions and discuss the story. Have fun using different voices to represent various characters in the story.

After reading: Summarize the story or ask your children to do so. Ask open ended questions starting with words like: who, what, when, where, why.


Season of Giving

December 30,2016

As readers of this blog know, Budding Reader donates eBooks in the developing world through nonprofit partners, Worldreader and World Literacy Foundation. In 2016, hundreds of classrooms received Budding Reader eBook sets — benefiting over 11,000 students (mainly in Uganda). To date, Budding Reader has donated over 38,000 eBook sets to children in need.

Thanks so much for doing your part to make this happen. Happy Holidays!



Read, Write, Spell

November 29,2016

According to Reading Rockets, a valuable literacy website, only 850 common words account for 80% of the vocabulary elementary school children use in their writing. It follows then, that learning to spell this relatively short list of words can make writing much easier for children. This is especially true given that the most common words are used up to 13 times more frequently than the less common ones.

Reading Rockets organizes this list of 850 words by grade level. Find the appropriate lists for your children and help them learn these words. And some day maybe they’ll write a note to you to thank you for your efforts.