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The Best Online Book Club for Kids

Posted on 22.Dec.21 in Reading at Home Tips

Book clubs are popular among adults for building friendships and sharing a love of literature. Kids can gain similar benefits from book clubs, including virtual ones. Voracious young readers will enjoy interacting with like-minded friends. For struggling readers, joining a book club could spark a sudden interest in literacy. Up until now, though, you may […]

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5 Benefits of Printable Worksheets

Posted on 22.Dec.21 in Book Recommendations

Some kids need extra practice with academic concepts they’ve begun in the classroom. Others love learning so much that they want to do schoolwork even on their days off.  No matter which group your kids fall into, printable worksheets provide a quick and easy way to meet their needs. 1. Early Learning Young learners are […]

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Posted on 22.Dec.21 in Interview

HOW DR. TREVOR BOFFONE USES DANCE CHALLENGES TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS INTERVIEW WITH DR. TREVOR BOFFONE November 1, 2021 Dancing his way into the hearts of Bellaire High School youth, and then the world via Dubsmash and TikTok, Dr. Trevor Boffone welcomes anyone with a beat into his after-Spanish-class dance lessons.  Chronicling his adventures in relationship-building […]

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Wait, What’s a Lapbook?

Posted on 14.Dec.21 in Reading at Home Tips

Your children have come home from school with a lapbook assignment. What in the world does that mean, and how are you supposed to do it? A lapbook is a kid-made portfolio that’s all about a particular topic. Essentially, it’s a folder filled with mini books.  Each little book covers a different aspect of the […]

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Top Coding Books for Kids

Posted on 14.Dec.21 in Book Recommendations

These days, it seems that computer programming makes the world go ‘round. Even elementary schools are teaching young kids to dabble in coding.  You can build on those lessons with smart, engaging books about computers. The more your kids know about writing code, the better prepared they’ll be for the school and work of the […]

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4 Ways to Make the Most of LightSail’s Unit Studies

Posted on 8.Dec.21 in Reading at Home Tips

LightSail’s libraries are packed with books and other resources. In fact, there may be times when you’re not sure which items to look at first.  On those days, make your way to the Unit Studies area of the platform. There, you’ll find carefully curated collections of LightSail resources that have been put together by experienced […]

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Hands-on Learning at Home

Posted on 7.Dec.21 in Reading at Home Tips

You’re a busy parent, and your kids are always on the go. Some days, it may seem like there’s barely time for their regular homework before they’re rushing off to the evening’s activities. When they need extra help grasping a concept, you may be searching for quick and easy ways to reinforce their lessons. These […]

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Books to Hook Sports Fans

Posted on 7.Dec.21 in Book Recommendations

Would your kids rather play ball than do their after-school reading? Captivating sports stories may be just the thing to grab their interest! Tales about favorite games and famous athletes could turn your reluctant readers into bookworms who never miss their daily reading goals. 1. Sporty Stories Even young readers enjoy games! Early elementary students […]

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Improving Your Child’s Literacy Skills with Focused Reading

Posted on 3.Nov.21 in Reading at Home Tips

Your goal is to raise great readers, but in a world filled with television and video games, that can feel like a challenge. If you’re motivated to make literacy a daily habit, focused reading is here to help. Focused Reading for Younger Kids The basic idea behind focused reading is that kids read. Parents and […]

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How do I know what books are right for my child?

LightSail takes the guesswork out of choosing books for your child by tailoring each child’s library to their precise reading level.

By honing in on a child’s precise Lexile reading score, LightSail can match them with books that are at that “just-right” level to promote optimal reading progress.

And because LightSail contains such a wide-ranging array of content, there is always a vast selection of books for any topic or interest.

What ages/grades is LightSail for?

LightSail’s Premium and Standard subscriptions are designed for children in grades 3 through 12 (ages 8-18).

We also have a World Book Kids subscription for grades 1 through 2 (ages 5-7) and a World Book Early Learners subscription for PreK through K (ages 2-5).

Is LightSail different from an Amazon Kindle or other e-readers?

Unlike static e-readers, LightSail doesn’t just offer children books.

Every book and article in LightSail contains 6 layers of added features that let your child experience books.

By adapting to a child’s precise reading ability, offering them content that is at that “just-right” reading level to promote literacy growth, and providing a fully customizable, rewarding reading experience, LightSail unlocks the magic of reading in ways no physical book or static e-reader can.

What types of parental control do I have over my child’s activity and content?

In short, complete control.

LightSail contains an entire suite of parental control features that govern every aspect of the platform from video viewing, to chats, to what content can be seen and accessed.

Additionally, LightSail’s revolutionary ChildSafe Content Controls lets parents screen and block content according to dozens of nuanced subcategories based on maturity factors, family values, and religious topics.

How can I make reading fun for my child?

LightSail incorporates gamification features into every aspect of the platform, especially reading!

By integrating badges, goals and milestones, social sharing options, motivational messages, and the ability for parents to add customizable gift rewards, LightSail incentivizes reading, writing, and learning just like kids’ favorite games.

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