I received a curious jar of things from my friend, Jason Falls, on behalf of Wonderopolis.org. It’s a site about literacy and how we can help kids learn more. You’ve gotta see what came out of the bucket (this video runs about 4 minutes long):

The site, Wonderopolis had a lot of ways to get kids into reading. Here’s a bit from their about page:

Visit Wonderopolis.™ It’s a place where parents seek and nurture a brighter world for their children through the power of discovery, creativity, learning and imagination. Wonderopolis™ is brought to life by the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL).

You see your children not only for who they are but for all they can become, yet you may need a little help directing that passion and igniting that wonder. We can help you get there — together. You don’t have to travel far. Wonderopolis is a special place found in a curious question, an everyday adventure and right in your own home. Just let wonderment be your guide.

Our Wonders of the Day will help you find learning moments in everyday life, ones that fit in with dinner preparations or carpool responsibilities or a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus.

It’s a great project and got me thinking of new ways to get my kids into reading even more than we’re doing now. What do you think?


  1. Phil Stanoch


    Thank you for sharing this site. My two 8-year old daughters and I spent about 30 minutes discussing buzzing bees after checking it out. It was a great time together.

  2. I attended the NCFL annual conference last year and it was amazing to learn about how many different approaches there are to literacy. Since I have young kids, I think of literacy as something for emerging readers, but there were many agencies promoting ESL programs, adult literacy and lifelong learning for families. An admirable set of goals.

    Kind of bummed out that I didn’t get a jar of cool stuff, though!

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