Wow–Michigan students read 10,000 books!

On our last show, we told you about the Michigan Reads program, where students could earn free Pistons tickets for every five books they read. The response has been overwhelming–kids across the state have been pouring through books! We’ve heard from students at every grade level in schools across Michigan. But the lucky reader who read the 10,000th book got a special prize. So who was it? Read all about it!

And now, we’ve got another way for the students in your life to read their way to winning.
This time it involves the Red Wings!

Great show last night! If you missed it, check out the Saturday airings!

What a great group of guests on this month’s “Voices of Michigan Education!”I learned a ton–and found some great ideas to share with other parents and educators. If you missed it, scroll down on the right side of your screen for Saturday’s air times and stations. Hopefully sometime next week we’ll have a podcast up here on the blog. Let me know what you think!

Resources for Educators & Parents from tonight’s radio show

We have a jam packed show tonight with lots of great ideas, so I thought I would post some links to the resources we talk about. These are FREE and include great stuff for the students in your life to earn (PISTONS TICKETS!)–check them out:

*Michigan Reads: This is a fabulous program that encourages kids to read, read and read! MEA & the Pistons have teamed up–and we’re trying to get to 10,000 books statewide. Check it out: your students can win free Pistons tickets.

*The Electric Company is all new! The show and a new website have been re-energized for a new generation. It’s fun, but it’s built on the same solid research about how kids learn. Share this first link with your students aged 6-9. The second is for educators and parents (with free games and printables for you.) I saw the EC give a presentation recently–it’s really interesting stuff:

*You HAVE to hear Patricia Polacco talk about her struggle to learn to read–did you know she was 14 before she could read a single sentence? I wish I could have met the teacher who helped her figure it all out. She’s an amazing story–and I’m sure he is too. Visit her website to read more.

I’ll have more in the coming days–including some info on how you can set up your own bookmobile like the one you’ll heard about on tonight’s show. Let me know what you think.

And of course, TUNE IN tonight at 7 p.m. on WJR NewsTalk 760 — feedback gratefully accepted!

Kerry

Sure, we can teach them to read, but how do we get them to LOVE it?

Are the students in your life bibliophibians or bibliophobians? Do they read because they have to or because they love to? February’s “Voices of Michigan Education” tackles all things reading related–from helpful new resources for struggling readers (remember The Electric Company? They’re all new, and they’re on our show) to what to do to keep older readers engaged and interested in trying new genres to an old-fashioned bookmobile that has today’s students pumped.

But I want to know from you–what do you do to help foster a real love of reading? How do we make kids lifelong readers? Share your tips and tricks–and listen to us talk about them on WJR NewsTalk 760 on February 9th at 7 p.m. We can all learn something along the way!