On Thursday 16th July, the Department for Education published ’10 Top Tips to Encourage Children to Read.’ With interrupted learning, school closures, and now the summer holidays, parents are feeling the pressure to keep their children occupied and continue some form of learning activities.
Reading Plus ties in perfectly with these goals. Here’s how:
1. Engaging Children with Short Texts and Exciting Stories
From African American Civil Right Activist Rosa Parks, to fantasy fiction, your children can be absorbed in a wide range of short, engaging and exciting stories on Reading Plus. Each story (including the comprehension questions) takes roughly 15 minutes to complete, so dedicating even just a small amount of time to reading 2-3 stories a week can accelerate your children’s reading ability!
2. Read Aloud Regularly
When children use Reading Plus, they are practicing and developing their silent reading fluency. When they have finished their short text on Reading Plus, we encourage children and families to pick up a book and read aloud together.
3. Encouraging Reading Choice
Watch your children be spoilt for choice on what to read. They have access to an expansive library of engaging, level-appropriate texts that span a wide range of genres. Parents can discuss with their child what text to read next, but it is ultimately up to the child what they want to read. The power is in their hands! They can also filter between fiction and non-fiction texts if they are struggling to narrow down their choices.
4. Read Together
Reading Plus creates the perfect opportunity for some quality family time to read together. In the 15 minutes it takes a child to read a story on the program, why not pick up a book, an eBook, newspaper, or magazine, and enjoy!
5. Creating a Comfortable or Creative Environment
Taking time to read together as a family can create a calm environment for your child to focus on Reading Plus. But in reality, this might not be possible. So play to your children’s energy! Read outside, in the garden, anywhere where there is an internet connection. Children just have to logon and they can continue their reading on Reading Plus. The options are endless.
6. Make Use of your Local Library
Reading Plus equips your child with skill and confidence to read longer passages of text outside of the program. They will have the ability to pick up a book. Is this book suited to them? Is it the genre they enjoy? Is it challenging enough? Parents can help guide children to suitable reads (let them know their child’s Lexile range to help). Your local library is a good place to start.
7. Talk About Books
Encourage families to open up a conversation with their children to see what type of stories they are accessing on Reading Plus. What are they enjoying? A particular genre? Fiction or non-fiction?
8. Bring Reading to Life
Understanding what stories and texts your children enjoy reading can help you come up with activities. There is a wealth of non-fiction texts on Reading Plus that will spark children’s interest and imagination! Watch YouTube documentaries or even visit some of the places. Engage children in a fictional world where they want to act out or play games set around the story. The possibilities are endless!
9. Make Reading Active
Your children will have access to a wealth of non-fiction and informational texts on Reading Plus. Discuss an interesting article they’ve read or reenact a historical even they enjoyed reading about.
10. Engage your child in reading in a way that suits them
Reading Plus is an adaptive program. It allows children to read at a pace that is just right for them. With the unique patented Guided Window, Reading Plus scaffolds the learning to make reading accessible to all.
Interested? Talk to us today about integrating Reading Plus in your school by clicking here.