Have you tried the Epic! app yet?

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I am not sure how I stumbled upon this phenomenal app called Epic!, but I am glad that I did.  Epic! is an app (available for iOS or Android) that gives you instant access to over 15,00 books. Good books.  Not the ones that your child doesn’t want to read. It is designed to be used in a classroom setting or at home with your own children.

Epic! is free for verified educators and $4.99/mo. for parents. Parents can even try it out free for 60 days by using the promo code: “EPICREADS” at  www.getepic.com/promo

Aside from INSTANT access to ebooks, audiobooks, articles, short educational videos and ‘read it to me’ books, my kids and I really like the the variety of content available.  Epic! also keeps track of what my kids are reading, how long they have read for, and the number of ‘pages flipped.’  I can even view and print their reading log by week, month or year.  My kids stay motivated, partly because they know I am checking their profiles, but also because they can earn badges.

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Screenshot of Epic! on my iPhone

Kai is ten and going into the fifth grade.  She likes that you can put in your age and multiple interests and it will help you find things that you are interested in. She says, “if nothing stands out you can just go to the ‘popular’ category and browse through what other people like.”

For educators, Epic! is completely free.  After setting up a teacher profile, you can add up to 36 student accounts to keep track of student progress. The website also offers .pdf flyers to send home to families to explain the app.  Students are able to read at school and then pick right up where they left off on a device at home.  It’s seamless! Like in a parent account, Epic! enables teachers to view and print reading logs.

As an educator, my favorite thing about Epic! is that it gives students that struggle with reading a positive way to interact with books – by listening to them.  Listening to books not only helps students build vocabulary and fluency but it also offers students opportunities to engage in reading material that may be above their reading level but is not above their interest level.

Watch this short informational video to find out about Epic! for yourself!

Get it here:
Epic! in iTunes Store
Epic! in Google Play Store.

 

My Summer Reading List

IMG_5756I hope you have all taken a look at my previous post about summer reading incentive programs. You can earn free goodies just by reading!

My goal this summer is to earn my 100 hours of reading shirt from Kitsap Regional Library. I don’t think I’ll have any trouble achieving that goal if I start making my way through my summer reading list.

Here it is (in no particular order):

  • Plastic Ahoy: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Patricia Newman
  • Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller (graphic novel) by Joseph Lambert
  • Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet by Buzz Aldrin
  • My Country ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights by Claire Rudolf Murphy
  • Underworld: Exploring the Secret World Beneath Your Feet by Jane Price
  • Baba Yaga’s Assistant (graphic novel) by Marika McCoola
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  • Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain
  • Some of My Best Friends Are Books by Judith Wynn Halstead
  • Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me (graphic memoir) by Ellen Forney
  • In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
  • Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome by Brad Montague & Robby Novak
  • Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller
  • The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
  • Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters by Laurie Ann Thompson
  • The Highly Sensitive Child by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.
  • tiny beautiful things: Advice on love and life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
  • Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things by Carlos Bueno
  • Once There Was a War by John Steinbeck
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Schamander
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  • Geektastic: Stories from the Nerdherd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenon
  • When to Rob a Bank…And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
  • Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier
  • Bad Unicorn by Platte F. Clark
  • The Land of Stories: Queen Red Riding Hood’s Guide to Royalty by Chris Colfer
  • The Land of Stories: The Mother Goose Diaries by Chris Colfer
  • An Author’s Odyssey (Land of Stories Book 5) by Chris Colfer
  • Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls are Used in War by Jessica Dee Humphreys & Michel Chikwaine
  • Phoebe and Her Unicorn (graphic novel) by Dana Simpson
  • Unicorn vs. Goblins (graphic novel) by Dana Simpson
  • Unicorn on a Roll (graphic novel) by Dana Simpson
  • Who is AC? (graphic novel) by Hope Larson

 

 

EPO Summer Letter 2016

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EPO Families,

It is bittersweet that as I send your kiddos off for summer I also announce that I will not be returning to EPO next fall.

The librarian at Olalla Elementary is retiring and I will replace him beginning next school year.  Please rest assured that your little readers will be in good hands with my replacement, Adessa Shields.

Ms. Shields is coming to EPO after 15 years as a teacher at Marcus Whitman Junior High.  I will allow her to introduce herself in her own way.

I wanted to take one last opportunity to give you some ideas of online activities that your children can use to keep their brain active over the summer break.

The EPO “Destiny Links” page is filled with all kinds of educational links, many of which we use at school on a regular basis.

Find it here: www.tinyurl.com/epolinks

Here you will also find links to South Kitsap School District specific sites that require your student’s username and password such as: (Your child’s login card is enclosed.)

  • TypingMaster
  • Pearson Realize (Math)
  • Digital Passport (Digital Citizenship for grades 2-6)
  • Journeys Think Central (Language Arts)

As a reminder, late last month I sent home the summer guide Inspire for the Kitsap Regional Library.  KRL has many exciting FREE programs all over the county.  Some of them even include FREE LUNCH.  Your child can also earn a book for tracking 10 hours of summer reading and a tee-shirt when they reach 100 hours!  If you have misplaced the summer guide, go to: http://www.krl.org/summer for more details.

If your child is intrigued by the Scratch coding that we have been doing in the library, Costco has a set of workbooks to guide them through creating some fantastic projects.  One book is for Python programming and the other two are Scratch.  You get all three for only $10.99.  They can also be purchased individually on Amazon.com

Lastly, please know that I am and will still be accessible with any questions that you may have regarding books, reading and the technology that I have already introduced to your child(ren).  I have a personal blog at www.followthereaders.com and a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/followthereadersbookclub/

Have a fantastic summer!

Heather Wilson
Librarian
wilsonh@skitsap.wednet.edu