Topic: Literacy

10 Great Books to Read Aloud to Your Tween

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Yes, I still read to my ten-year-old.  He can read perfectly well by himself and will happily immerse himself in Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket and a wide range of non-fiction but I will still read a chapter or two of a cracking good novel to him most nights. 

Topics: Parenting, Literacy, High School, Primary School

When Should I Stop Reading to My Child?

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You know how important it is to read to your child and you've diligently read bed time stories to your kids since they were tiny. But now they're reading Harry Potter on their own, do you really need to keep reading to them? At what point do you draw the line and just let them get on with it?

Topics: Parenting, Literacy, High School, Primary School

Why Daddy Should Read the Bedtime Story

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“Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin …”

So began the famous BBC radio program, 'Listen With Mother', which broadcast stories read by women to children (and their mothers) from 1950 to 1982.

Reading to children has always been associated with mothers.  Think of any image in the media depicting 'story time' and chances are it will be of a mother snuggled up with one or two children and a huge book.

Topics: Parenting, Literacy, Primary School, Pre-School

How to Read to Your Child

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“The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.”
National Commission on Reading (USA), 1985

Research shows that children who read proficiently in the early school years generally perform better at every stage of their education.

Topics: Parenting, Literacy, Primary School, Pre-School, Toddlers

For the Joy of Writing

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I enjoy writing.  My kids don’t (or so they say).  Maybe it’s an association with spelling drills and school essay assignments but my boys do not naturally get excited at the prospect of putting pen to paper.  Oh, they have friends who keep journals and who write stories at home for fun (imagine!) but not my boys.

Topics: Literacy, Teens, High School, School Holidays, Primary School

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