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10 tips to help students develop a love of reading

When I was six, I learned to read. The first book I remember reading was about a detective who loved pancakes. I haven’t stopped reading since. My family is a reading family. I remember first reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to my mom. That wizardly series quickly expanded and bonded my immediate and extended family. We had Halloween parties themed after Harry Potter, we went to the midnight releases of new books, and we cried together through the final book. When my family goes on a road trip, we each take a bag of books. I remember one long drive where my grandmother was listening to a Clive Cussler novel while I read my own book. I became quite practiced at tuning out outside distraction on that drive! When I was thirteen, I converted my best friend to reading simply because that was one of my favorite pastimes; now I've converted my husband as well. He recently told his mother how he has read thirteen books in the past thirteen months (she was very impressed). However, with the growth of technology in our daily lives, our younger generation has many options for entertainment. With so many demands on their attention and so little time in the day, recreational reading seems to fall to the wayside. As a hobby that offers more than just a way to pass the time, here are some tips to get your kids to read. If you would like some tips specifically for teens, this article is a good source for ideas.
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Valentine Creations for your classroom

Share the love with your friends and family by using Booster's Valentine Creator. Booster's Valentine Creator is an interactive webpage that helps you create customized valentines—all with just a few clicks of the mouse. Here's how to put a little pizzazz into your valentines this year: Choose a character. All the Imagine Learning stars are here, from loveable Pete the Prairie Dog to chatterbox Mike the Microphone. Select a colorful background. Roses are red and violets are blue; we've got a color that's perfect for you. Pick a memorable message. Using the arrows above the card, select the perfect sentiment. Once you've completed your creation, download and print it, or email it to a lucky recipient. Teachers, be sure to share the love with your class, as they will be absolutely smitten by this fun, interactive activity. So put some heart into it and make a sweet valentine for that special someone. Happy Valentine's Day from all your friends at Imagine Learning!
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