The Fun to Work Ratio

How many of us take an escalator to the next floor when we had the equal opportunity to take the stairs?  The way things are today – the answer is obvious and unfortunate – the escalator.

Do the Hearty Thing – Choose the Stairs

BUT what if we had folks like those at  TheFunTheory rethink the experience of walking up stairs as shown in this video….


Hey You – Pick up Your Trash

In this example, these incredibly creative folks rethink collecting trash…


Open Your World – Learn to Read

Our passion is to rethink reading practice through games like ItzaBitza and ItzaZoo. We see it as a dastardly sneaky way to entice children into the hard work of reading, because it’s just so darn fun. It gradually expands what it asks kids to read, and it always makes it easy to get help. It’s another pathway into reading that’s outside the book. And it might be just what your son needs to get over his aversion to sentences, build confidence, and become a better reader..



  1. Diana Sharp said,

    April 26, 2010 @ 8:15 am

    How great — I love these fun theory folks! Yep, ItzaBitza and ItzaZoo sure fit right in. Here’s a great quote from the National Reading Panel Report (2000) that in my opinion is the most overlooked sentence in the report (it appears on page 447 of the 449 page report) :
    The teacher’s job is to create or allow situations where children want to read and are willing to work hard at it.

  2. Dr Marty said,

    April 27, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

    I love this topic. For those interested, check out Raph Koster’s . My 3rd grade teacher, Mr. Smith, had a room full of planetary mobiles, gizmos, strange books, and interesting objects. He played guitar for us and encouraged us to write. It was a great year for me. I can’t think of anything in learning that cannot be made entertaining.

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