Episode 27

₿HS027: Fundamentals – Cultivating Love of Reading


Today’s show is part of our fundamentals series where we focus on practical ideas and resources.  This episode is especially for younger parents and is dedicated to developing the love of reading mindset.


  • Picking the “right” reading material in the context of cultivating the right attitude
  • Managing parental expectations is also important because your attitude will impact children’s feelings about reading
  • Features to look at when kids first start to read:  

1.      Books that kids can actually touch and get dirty, e.g., choose books that have texture

2.    Books that young kids can easily flip the pages, e.g., cardboard pages, a size they can easily handle

  • Anything, even gimmicky books, that engages their interest is good
  • Library sales are great places to find cheap kids books.  So are church rummage sales, garage sales and homeschool bookstores that sell used materials.
  • Just get kids used to seeing books everywhere … the bedrooms, the car, the stroller, the bathroom
  • Giving kids choices with piles of books gives them the opportunity to choose what look interesting
  • Tali found that cartoons with simple lines and large fonts worked best with her kids
  • She also did not use phonics to teach kids how to read
  • Coloring books and sticker books help grab children’s interest
  • Choose materials less because of the specific topic, even Bitcoin, but more for positive feelings
  • Use tools, e.g., a ruler with the center area cut out, to help younger readers focus and train their eyes
  • Stay away from dumb-downed and abridged editions
  • Let kids gets pulled into stories, even ones being read by relatives or audible books
  • Set the example … let your kids see you read
  • Books allow readers to use their imagination.  Exercise the creativity muscle.
  • It is a disservice to expect certain abilities and skills at certain ages.  
  • Yes, high-time-preference fiat-stress can be a challenge but being aware of this, you can still make reading a priority
  • Subtitles on for all movies and shows!
  • It’s better to play read stories than to give kids an ipad to watch cartoons.  Cartoons have dumbed-down and overly-simplified language.
  • Scott compares kids’ growing brains to AI language learning 
  • Get copies of original, unabridged classics.  Build a library.  There are technocrats who are systematically trying to ban, re-write or otherwise remove them.
  • Don’t lecture while reading, e.g., with Bitcoin kids books
  • Get them involved, e.g., asking questions while reading to them
  • There’s nothing more that the child wants than to be with you.  Your presence matters more than book selection.


  • “Ten Little Dinosaurs (Eyeball Animation)” by Pattie Schnetzler and Jim Harris Amazon
  • “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?” by Jane Yolen and Weston Woods Amazon
  • Dr. Seuss classics … “Cat in the Hat,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” etc.
  • “The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories” and “The Children's Book of Virtues” by William J. Bennett Amazon
  • John Taylor Gato’s “Dumbing Us Down - 25th Anniversary Edition: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling”  Amazon
  • John Taylor Gato’s “Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher's Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling”  Amazon
  • Michael Knowles’ “Speechless: Controlling Words, Controlling Minds”  Amazon
  • George Orwell’s “1984”
  • Centralized governments want control and dumbing down language is a tactic
  • Jules Verne’s “Around the World in Eighty Days”
  • Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth”
  • Curious George books, especially the classical editions
  • Gina and Mercer Mayer books
  • Eileen Christelow’s “Five Little Moneys jumping on the bed”
  • Cynthia Rylant’s “Henry and Mudge” books
  • Cynthia Rylant’s “Mr. Putter and Tabby”
  • Martin Handford’s “Where’s Waldo?” books for fun
  • The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential’s “How to Teach Your Baby to Read (The Gentle Revolution Series)”
  • Shinichi Suzuki’s “Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education”
  • William and Constance Starr’s “To Learn with Love: A Companion for Suzuki Parents”


  • Tali's Twitter @OrangeHatterPod
  • Scott's Twitter @ScottLindberg93
  • Scott's nostr npub19jkuyl0wgrj8kccqzh2vnseeql9v98ptrx407ca9qjsrr4x5j9tsnxx0q6
  • Free Market Kids' Twitter @FreeMarketKids
  • Orange Pill App @FreeMarketKids
  • Free Market Kids' games including HODL UP https://www.freemarketkids.com/collections/games


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Tali Lindberg

Hey there, wonderful listeners! I'm Tali, and I'm so excited to welcome you to our podcast today. For two decades, I was knee-deep in the incredible journey of homeschooling my four amazing kids. It was a world of boundless creativity, filled with lesson plans, school projects, sports, and beautiful chaos. But when my children all graduated, a brand-new, unforeseen adventure awaited me - the captivating world of Bitcoin.

It took three years for Scott to bring me into Bitcoin. I hesitated at first, Bitcoin's intricacies seemed daunting, and my plate was already quite full. But he persisted, going so far as to create a fantastic bitcoin-mining board game called HODL UP to demystify it all. Before I knew it, I was down the Bitcoin rabbit hole. Just like my homeschooling journey, I took it one step at a time, learning and evolving as I ventured further.

Now, here we are today, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be part of the vibrant Bitcoin community. In an unexpected twist, my husband Scott and I realized that our homeschooling experiences can be a treasure trove of insights for Bitcoiners who, like us, want to take charge of their children's education. So, in addition to sharing our Bitcoin knowledge with Precoiners with HODL UP and the Orange Hatter podcast, we're here to offer tips and guidance for Bitcoin-homeschoolers. It's going to be an incredible journey, and I can't wait to share it with all of you. Enjoy the ride!
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Scott Lindberg is a freedom-loving entrepreneur, author, and game designer. He is a proponent of finding freedom by taking self-custody of education, money and speech.

He and his wife, Tali, co-founded Free Market Kids. Their passion is to give the next generation the knowledge and tools to maximize their chances for freedom, success and happiness. Free Market Kids makes it easy and fun to introduce money concepts to kids through tabletop games, courses, lesson plans and trusted resources. They are best known for HODL UP™, a Bitcoin mining game.

Scott graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. In 2001, he graduated Yale’s School of Management with a Master of Business Administration.