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What is the Paws for Reading program?
The Paws for Reading site is an interactive online destination where teachers can set up class rosters and kids can have fun with reading as they log their minutes and follow their team's latest score. The site also hosts just-right reading recommendations from Scholastic's editors, along with exciting downloadables and ongoing incentives to keep kids reading at home throughout the Paws for Reading program, and for many more years to come.
Launched in the Fall of 2012, the Paws for Reading program was designed to promote reading at home while also helping to donate books to kids in need. The program helped parents motivate kids to read at least 20 minutes every day through a fun competition between two teams—the Cats and the Dogs. Kids joined a team and then went online to log the minutes they read each day to contribute to their team's total count. The team with the most minutes was determined on December 14, 2012—the furr-ocious Dogs!
Additionally, for every 20 minutes of reading logged, a free book was donated to a child in need—with up to 1,000,000 books donated by Scholastic Book Clubs ClassroomsCare and its literacy partners.
Are there academic benefits for kids who participate in Paws for Reading?
Education studies show that at every reading level, out-of-school reading contributes to increased academic success, vocabulary and knowledge growth, and a lifelong love for reading.
How do teachers register for Paws for Reading?
It’s easy and free! Teachers can go to the Paws for Reading website and sign in with their Scholastic.com teacher account. They can set up rosters for their classrooms and download unique user names and passwords for each student. When students sign in to the site with these user names and passwords, their accounts will automatically be linked back to their teacher’s classroom.
How do students register for Paws for Reading?
Students can log in at scholastic.com/paws with a user name and password provided by their teachers if their teachers have set up classroom rosters. Students can also register for themselves at scholastic.com/paws.
As a teacher, can I register my students on their behalf?
Teachers can set up a classroom roster for multiple classrooms. The roster will generate a unique user name and password for each student, which teachers can download and distribute. The first time students use their user names and passwords to log in to Paws for Reading, the sign-in process will prompt students to change their passwords for privacy. Sign in to set up a classroom roster for your students.
How can I share the user names and passwords with my students? Can I save them?
We recommend that you print your class list to share the list of user names and passwords with your students. To print the list, click on the Print link at the upper right corner.
When students receive their user names and passwords, they can visit scholastic.com/paws and follow the instructions for Kids Sign-In. They can then choose the team of their choice—the Cats or the Dogs.
Remember, the initial password will be the same for all students. The first time students use their user names and passwords to log into Paws for Reading, the sign-in process will prompt students to change their passwords for privacy. You will not be able to see the new passwords that your students choose, so be sure to have students write down their new passwords in case they forget them.
You can save your user names and passwords by downloading the list. To do this, click on the Print Class Roster link after setting up your classroom roster.
How can I tell parents that I’ve signed up our class for Paws for Reading?
Teachers can sign in and send an e-mail to parents from a link on their Paws for Reading classroom dashboard. This link will open an e-mail in teachers’ default e-mail program. Teachers can also edit the text provided in the e-mail.
Simply add in the e-mail addresses you would like to send the message to. To enter more than one e-mail address, separate the e-mail addresses with a comma (example: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org). Scholastic will not save or use any of the e-mail addresses you enter (unless Scholastic collects them separately, such as through a newsletter sign-up, e-mail update sign-up, a transaction on one of our stores, or otherwise).
Is parent permission required to participate in Paws for Reading?
Kids can sign up to participate in Paws for Reading, log reading minutes toward their own personal counter, and get fun downloadables without parent permission.
Can students change their user names and passwords?
The first time students use their user names and passwords to log in to Paws for Reading, they will be prompted to change their passwords for privacy. Students will also be given the option to use their existing Stacks user names if they already have Stacks accounts. After that, students will not be allowed to change their user names and passwords. During the initial log-in, each student will also answer a security question, which does not ask for personally identifiable information and will only be used to allow users to sign in if they forget their passwords.
Can students switch teams?
Students can switch teams (Cats to Dogs or Dogs to Cats) by signing in and going to their home page.
Can teachers see how many minutes their class or students have read?
If teachers set up a classroom roster, they can sign in and go to their Paws for Reading home page to see how many minutes each student and their class have read.
Can students see how many minutes they have read?
Students can see the minutes they’ve logged by signing in to Paws for Reading and visiting their home page.
For the students who do not have computers at home, is it possible for them to keep a handwritten log and then log in their minutes at school?
Students can keep track of their minutes manually and add them once they return to school. They can sign in to the Paws for Reading website from any computer.
What does the Paws for Reading website offer for parents?
On the Paws for Reading site, parents can:
- Discover ways to use Paws for Reading at home
- Find books about cats and dogs
- Download and print reading pledges, reading logs, and fun activities such as locker posters and bookmarks for their kids.