Kids who read 20 minutes a day take in 1.8 million more words each year and perform better academically.
Hourglass motivates your child to read more by making reading fun and easy to track. It combines an age-old tool with a modern user experience while minimizing distractions from electronic devices and paper reading logs. And it also acts as a night light for your child's bedroom.
Turn the cordless Hourglass over to begin a reading session. Move it from bedroom, to living room, to anywhere your child reads and return to the charging station as needed.
The soft LED light trickles from top to bottom and changes colors as your child reads. When your child is not reading, set it to dim to serve as a night light.
Hourglass connects via bluetooth to your phone. Add your child’s reading session data to the Beanstack app to track reading and earn virtual badges.
Using Hourglass with the Beanstack mobile app can give you more insight into your child’s reading. View detailed stats about reading sessions, including badges earned, books completed, total time spent reading, and more. You can even switch between multiple family members’ accounts with a quick tap.
Time-bound and themed reading challenges are fun for kids and motivate them to read 20% more on average. Hourglass gives families free access to local, national, and school-based reading challenges through the Beanstack app. These challenges may reward individual kids with prizes or give them a way to contribute to a good cause.
Going into its third year, this annual challenge has previously been sponsored by Mark Cuban and will have a new sponsor for 2020.
This reading challenge will be held for two weeks around the time many kids and families are off for spring break.
This reading challenge is designed to keep up momentum and encourage more completions after the busy June month of summer reading season.
This 2-week reading challenge will be held soon after back to school season and around the time many kids and families take a longer fall weekend.
Beanstack's software and mobile app are used by over 1,000 schools and libraries around the world. We have taken everything we have learned from those partners and with experts in children’s literacy to create Hourglass. Our mission is to create simple, delightful solutions that motivate communities to read more.