An Illiterate Life – What does it look like?

Reading. For many of us it is like breathing – we’re sitting here doing both, thinking about neither one. What would life be like if I didn’t know how to read? I have been giving that question a lot of thought, lately. I don’t mean picking up a book for pleasure, I am talking about everyday reading. An Experiment For several days I tried go about my day, consciously working not to read. It was hard, very hard. My default is to read, in part, because it is a natural part of who I am. Here is what I discovered when I tried “not reading” for a couple of days. I had no idea how many ibuprofen pills to take … Read more

Going to the Clouds – Literacy + Life

With summer (unofficially) behind us, the days ahead will bring beautiful blue skies and lots of wispy clouds! Clouds are the perfect canvas for literacy activities. They’re free to look at any time you want! They put imagination to work. Cloud gazing can inspire stories. It is a family-friendly activity everyone can play. Literacy In the Clouds When you “transform” a cloud into something concrete is a critical thinking skill. You are using your brain to connect the cloud to something your brain already recognizes. Not all that dissimilar to learning letters and putting them into words. Here are three, go-anywhere activities that send your literacy activities to the clouds! I Spy a Cloud … Have you ever looked at … Read more

Literacy + Life: Summer Road Trip edition

Yeah! Summer is here … time for that summer road trip! Whether you’re headed to the mountains or the ocean, we’d like to invite you to take our new Literacy Road Trip eBook with you. The kids get some fun, educational car games for your summer road trip. You get something to keep them busy and ward off the  pleas of are we there yet? Literacy Road Trip; Games to Make Car Travel Fun (and Educational) is part of our Literacy + Life series. It is a set of ready-made games that engage kids with literacy concepts. Download the book, print the game cards … and you’re ready to roll! Perfect for your summer road trip! There are limitless ways to play Literacy Road … Read more