How to Get a Tree House on "Ticket to Read"

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Reading can feel like a chore to schoolchildren, but Voyager Sorpris Learning has developed an online program that turns reading achievement into a game: Ticket to Read. Elementary school readers gain phonetic skills taught by animated characters. As they advance through reading comprehension levels, young learners earn tickets they can “spend” online to furnish a virtual clubhouse or toy store. The clubhouse is a kid-friendly tree house that serves as the portal for your Ticket to Read activities; to get one, simply sign up for the program.

1 A Clubhouse for Reading

Students must have an adult sign them up for the program. At the time of publication, you can buy a year-long license for a single student for $20 or a school-year license for an entire class, up to 25 students, for $400. The site offers a variety of other pricing options, including summer-only memberships and whole-school licenses. If you aren't sure whether you want to buy membership, try Ticket to Read for free for 14 days. When you register a student, singly or as part of a class, she receives a tree house automatically. She can access Ticket to Read using the Internet to earn tickets to decorate the tree house.

Jennifer Spirko has been writing professionally for more than 20 years, starting at "The Knoxville Journal." She has written for "MetroPulse," "Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times" and "Some" monthly. She has taught writing at North Carolina State University and the University of Tennessee. Spirko holds a Master of Arts from the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-on-Avon, England.