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Apart from that nightly bedtime story, what else can you do to make sure your child gets off to a good start, gains independence and enjoys reading? There are lots of simple things you can do at home to help. Take a look at these top tips and try out some of the ideas to see what works well in your home. Why not start by listening to Julia Donaldson’s top tips for reading with your child?
We love reading, but how can we make sure that everyone loves reading?
We hope to inspire future readers by modeling positive reading postures and habits.
Here are the links to Oxfrod Owl’s wonderful site:
Summer is my favorite reading time, I love to read and spend time with exciting characters for a long period of time without a need to rush my reading. But how can we instill this love for reading into our children when books have to compete with digital tools, devices, and multimedia gadgets? Daniel Willingham at the Atlantic has a great article about it:
Change your home so that reading is the most appealing activity available.
He urges us not to put daily reading targets or to offer rewards for reading, but simply provide kids with easy access to books and giving an opportunity for us all to quiet down and enjoy a good story.
Sounds like fun!
Many linguistic groups are becoming vocal about the need to ensure that the youngest members of their communities keep their linguistic heritage. Most researchers also agree that children benefit from reading in their mother tongue, even if it isn’t their language of instruction. That is one of the key guiding principles for our Language Policy and Library Guidelines h
ere at KIS.
There are important cultural and linguistic reason’s why regardless of how good one knows a second language, education in ones mother tongue can significantly improve the mental ability of students. Although sometimes we do not have access to formal Mother Tongue Education due to lack of resources or other reasons, we can always try to provide children access to books, audio books, and videos in their native language.
We aim to address this issue in our weekly home learning grids by providing opportunities for students to discuss, find out, and reflect on their Unit of Inquiry in their Mother Tongue.
Top of the page we have Online Public Access Catalog called KOHA. You can use it to search all KIS library materials and also view yours and your child’s loan list if you have a library membership. If you wish to apply for the library membership, please send your full name, your child’s name and your e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Manual for using KOHA is at the bottom of the page. (Also available here)
Tumble Books: Tumble Books allows you access to a wide variety of e-books at many levels. The books are easy to access and provide you with additional guided reading with the highlighted text option available. There are books available in English, French, and Spanish. These are great for pleasure reading and reading on your device when on holiday.
Storyline Online: This site streams imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations, helping to inspire a love of reading in children.
International Children’s Digital Library: Books for Most Mother Tongue languages – Digital books provided by the International Children’s Digital Library Foundation. You can access outstanding children’s books from around the world in various languages.
Oxford Owl: supports your reading and learning in line with your class reading ORT stages, both at home and at school. Enjoy helpful tips and activities to support reading and discover 250 eBooks. Your child will know what level of the ORT they are on, you can find easy access to reading and activities with the ORT characters on this site.
KIDS A-Z: Kids A-Z makes online reading accessible (and fun). Students can practice reading anytime, anywhere, on desktops and mobile devices.
Students Using the Mobile App Have Access To:
Students have their own passwords. A great way to practice reading at home.
One of my favorite awards is the annual The New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books. Here are this years winners: