Researchers have isolated what may be the single most important trait that makes kids successful in school

By Hilary Brueck for Businessinsider.com For years, scientists have documented the downsides of growing up poor. Studies have shown kids from low-income families are generally less ready to start school. They score lower on vocabulary tests and have more trouble concentrating in class. What’s more, being chronically hungry, unsafe, or neglected can re-shape a developing child’s brain, dosing it with toxic stress. New…

It is with great sadness that we share this news.

Dear friends, It is with great sadness that the founders of Reading Kingdom, Dr. Marion Blank and her son, Jonathan Blank, wish to share the news that Dr. Martin Blank, Marion’s husband and Jonathan’s father, passed away this past Wednesday June 13th. Reading Kingdom is a work of love for us and while Martin wasn’t directly involved, he was our…

Reading Kingdom Review: “Our son enjoys his ‘program’ so much that he was disheartened when we took a day off for his sister’s birthday party.”

“Our four-year-old son has always been interested in reading, so I jumped at the chance to review Reading Kingdom—which is an online grades K-3 reading program using “Phonics-PLUS.” Reading Kingdom contains a placement test as well as reading and writing lessons divided into five levels. Each level takes approximately 10-15 weeks to complete depending on the number of sessions completed…

Award winning children’s books: Masterpiece

“Masterpiece” by Elise Broach is one of the Reading Kingdom’s recommended award winning children’s books. Melissa G. of Sweet on Books explains why: What You Need to Know: • Masterpiece is an ALA (American Library Association) Notable Book and the winner of the Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year award. • The importance of family and the beauty of…

Ethan Sonneborn can’t drive but he can run for governor

By Dara Elasfar for The Washington Post Ethan Sonneborn has a message for you: Get involved in politics and make a difference in the world. Ethan won’t be spending his summer break traveling or hanging out at the pool. He will be campaigning to become Vermont’s youngest governor. Family members weren’t surprised when he decided to run, because he was always…

Ask Dr. Blank: Sight Words- What We Fail to See

“Oh he knows some sight words, but he really can’t read.” This is an observation often offered by both parents and teachers about young children. Contained within it is a central, albeit hidden, assumption; namely, that “sight words” represent an inferior form of reading –a form that falls short of “real reading.” Is this, in fact, the case? This interpretation…