A New Way to Log Reading – Beanstack
This year we have a brand new reading tracking website and app called Beanstack (apparently not beanstalk, unfortunately, because I think that would be a totally cool name, I guess the giant wouldn’t like it though…)
Beanstack is awesome. You can just register yourself or your whole family (under one log in/password). Then, once you’re logged in, you can log your reading, complete our Summer Reading Challenge, be entered to win great prizes, and even share your reading progress with your classroom teacher.
Once you’ve made an account most of the interface is super easy to use, but, if you’d like, we do have a PDF of the full instructions that you can look at/download/print out right HERE.
There are 3 main ways to get started with Beanstack (y’all will send me an email or leave a comment if you see that I’ve started calling it Beanstalk anywhere in this post, right?)
On your computer, just go to http://nevinslibrary.beanstack.org. You’ll probably also want to bookmark it because it’s where you’ll start most of the things you want to do this summer, logging books, making reviews, etc.
Once there, you can register in three levels of reading, Early Literacy for 0-4 year olds, Children for 5-12 year olds, or Triple S Club for Adults.
Registering is pretty straightforward, but, you need to ask yourself one question. How many logins do you want to have for this site?
There are two ways that people can sign up. There can be one super account with a password, (probably for the adult reading this), and then once that super account is made, each of the other accounts in the family, for the little one, or her slightly older brother can be added to the main account.
So. You only have to log in once, and then each of the children’s accounts can be updated from there.
Or, each person in a family can also have a separate account with a separate password if that’s how you want to set it up.
But, you’re thinking, she said that there were ways to use Beanstack. There’s also a Beanstack App that you can get for your iPhone/iOS device or your Android device (click on either of the pictures and you’ll be taken to the app in that app store).
From the app you can log your minutes and activities, and there’s even a timer on it too!!
If you need more help with the App, Beanstack also has some good videos that you can watch.
How to Log Activities
How To Log Past Reading
How to Quick Log a Book
How to Use the Timer
How to View and Participate in Reading Challenges
Or, as always, we can try and help you over the phone (978)686-4080 x26 or come on in and talk to us at the Children’s Desk!
Finally, there’s also a way to share what you’ve read this summer with your teachers on Beanstack if you have their email.
- Click on your child’s name and select Edit Reader from the drop-down menu.
- Scroll down to the Share This Reader section.
- Enter the email of your child’s classroom teacher on the form.
- Click the Send button.