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Hoot Reading Shown to Increase Children’s Reading Achievement Over Video Chat

Study Indicates That Intentional Instructional Design, Delivered Over Video Chat, Can be Impactful in Improving Literacy

Winnipeg, MB (March 27, 2020) — At a moment in time when teachers, parents, policymakers and consumers are questioning how digital media might promote literacy instead of undermining it, this study set out to examine the efficacy of Hoot Reading, an online tutoring program that connects kids to real classroom teachers, for personalized reading lessons over a video chat application, designed specifically for guided reading.

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How to Deal With a Bad Report Card

One of the most trying times for students and parents can arise around the dissemination of report cards. Students receive report cards multiple times a year and the experience can be very stressful. Here are some tips to take the stress out of possibly receiving the dreaded “bad report card”. 

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Hoot Reading Unveils Reading Enrichment Program

Online Literacy Service Launches Innovative, After-School Reading Enrichment Program, For Students in Grades 1-4. 

Winnipeg, MB (March 10, 2020) — Hoot Reading, a rapidly growing literacy service that connects kids to real classroom teachers for personalized, online reading lessons, has announced the launch of a new program – Hoot Enrich. Hoot Enrich is specifically designed for children in grades 1-4 who are reading at or above grade level. The research-based program will enhance skills in reading fluency, comprehension, critical thinking, and vocabulary, as well as increase confidence and create an elevated learning experience that will carry over to their traditional classroom or learning environment.

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How Meaningful Screen Time Enhances Learning

When it comes to screen time, it can be a pretty hotly debated topic amongst parents, caregivers, and educators, with everyone having their own strong opinions and justified concerns. The one thing we can all agree on, though?

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Why is Reading Out Loud Important For Kids?

Remember back when you were in grade school and there was a time after lunch when your teacher would pull out a chapter book and read aloud to your class? As a child, it was my favourite part of the school day. After recess and lunch of course, those are pretty hard to beat!
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How to Encourage and Grow a Love of Reading

Our children sometimes face experiences where they are not able to able to make choices. School systems for example, make decisions on what literature our children will be exposed to with sometimes mixed reviews. Growing a love for reading starts with showing your children how reading is part of your everyday life. Modeling the behaviour you want your children to display goes a long way in influencing their actions. Also, thinking of new and creative ways to add reading into your family’s life encourages connections that will continue to affect your child’s academic ability. 

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From “Learning to Read” to “Reading to Learn”: Exploring The Fourth Grade Reading Slump

You may have heard of a phenomenon in the education world known as the “fourth grade reading slump”. This refers to when students, who seemed to have previously been on par with their peers, begin to lag in their reading progression around the fourth grade. It’s a real issue that has been shown to negatively impact children’s later academic success across content areas, so it’s one to be wary of if you have any (soon-to-be) school-aged children. 

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Anna and Otis Reading Comprehension Activity

One of the best ways to engage little readers on a cold, blustery day is to work on their reading comprehension. By picking out a good book that sparks their interest, and incorporating a few questions about the content, you will start to see the wheels turning and your child think more critically about what they’re reading.

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Winter Reading Activity For Kids

Winter is finally here! Though some of the days might seem cold and dreary, it’s also a great time to spend reading your favourite books! One way to work on reading at home and to build comprehension is to do a book comparison activity. The wonderful thing about winter themed books is that they often include magical descriptions, which play to the five senses. We’ve selected three of our favourite winter themed books and included a downloadable worksheet. The worksheet allows readers to connect the story in the book with the five senses- sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Feel free to get creative! The final product can be communicated using art as a medium- cookies, poster, pictures, words, a song – whatever makes it fun for each person.

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