How to Earn 10,000 Scholastic Bonus Points


Since we are all thinking about starting our school year off with a bang, I must share an terrific resource from Laura Candler. She has created an amazing packet of FREE materials to help you earn 10,000 bonus points from Scholastic.

Curious about how it works? During the month of September, Scholastic will give 10,000 bonus points to any class that places a $300 order. But how can you encourage that many orders? Simple. Print her pre-made free book slips. For each order placed, students will receive a free book coupon (up to $5.00) for a future order. You then use your bonus points when a student redeems. Most $5.00 titles cost 135 bonus points or less. You should have plenty left over for classroom titles. Ms. Candler also provides a class chart to mark progress and a reproducible parent letter. It truly could not be easier. I was able to earn well over 11,000 points in September of last year as teachers also earn 100 bonus points from every parent who places an online order for the first time.

Click here to help your class earn 10,000 Scholastic Bonus Points!

Laura Candler’s blog is tremendous for other reasons as well. She has a great Donors Choose funding option that she runs on Facebook, and I’ve used numerous items from her Back to School pack. She runs her own reading workshops in her home state of North Carolina. She is a wealth of knowledge! You can find her @lauracandler and at her blog:


Age Range: 2-9

Device: iPad

Bottom Line: Reading Takes You Places

What Educators Need to Know:
My tech-savvy mom, a primary special education teacher, brought Farfaria to my attention a few weeks ago. She saw it spinning on Pinterest and thought it was worth a look. Well, Mom, as usual, you were right!

Similar to another app reviewed recently, Farfaria offers a 400-book library for your primary grade reader. Stories range from original adventures to classic kid tales to sing-a-longs. And a new, free book is added each weekday. It is free to try and there is no commitment to read the daily book. However, full access to the large library, any time, anywhere, even offline, will cost you $3.99. In my house, $3.99 might just be worth it. We easily spend more than $48.00 on books each year. You won’t find any bestsellers here, but what I’ve viewed was pretty good.

The best feature of this app is the “Read to Me” mode. Research shows that audio books can be extremely important in the develop of readers, often exposing children to literature that is beyond their independent reading levels. Users can easily challenge their children as each book is leveled. The professional reader’s inflection adds so much to promoting the excitement of the stories. I know E often mimics my intonation when “reading” his own books. Exposing him to many different variations would be terrific.

Teachers, if you are skeptical, try this app by connecting your iPad to a document projector for a few days. Let me know what your students think!

Price: FREE (for one book per day); $3.99/month for unlimited access to 400+ books

Children's Books - FarFaria Stories - Intuary


Age Scale: 6-18

Device: iPod, iPhone, or iPad

Quick Line:  Eliminating Library Fees?  Priceless.

What Educators Need to Know:

If your students do not have access to Overdrive, they should.  While the app itself is not overly beautiful, allowing your students to link to local libraries to borrow books remotely is priceless.  They will need a library card (or they could use yours), and you may need to help them set it up.  But searching for books is easy, and some of the newest titles are available.  (Although they may have to wait their turn to “borrow”.)  Titles remain on devices for two weeks.  Then they magically disappear.  How easy is that?  You don’t have to worry about overdue notices because the library takes them back for you!  One caveat:  You might want to check out your local library’s online collection.  Even our city collection is smaller than I would have guessed.  BUT, I’m thinking this process is in its beginning stages and the number of books available will increase rapidly.

Price:  FREE

OverDrive Media Console – Library eBooks and Audiobooks - OverDrive, Inc.