It’s no secret that we are passionate about helping children as they learn to read. Children face many hurdles that they need to overcome when learning to read, and reading with speed and expression is certainly one of them.
There’s something magical about creating your own books, which is why it’s one of our all-time favourite activities to do with our help2read learners. What’s more is that it is wonderfully easy to do and inexpensive to create, and the options are absolutely endless!
We’ve worked with thousands of children over the years, and we haven’t met one child that doesn’t love storytime. Reading books out loud makes stories come alive, and with the help of sound effects, actions and unique character voices, it’s no wonder that storytime is a favourite.
We love seeing children gain confidence in their reading ability and develop a love for books. But we also know all too well that children won’t read for pleasure if they can’t understand what they read.
Beanstalk thinks about books and other reading materials in a way that’s a bit different to the traditional system of libraries. We try to think about the likely use of the material and not about classifying the type of material, where likely use is determined by children’s interest.
There’s a saying that goes, “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader”. We couldn’t agree more. Learning to read is a foundational skill. It is essential not only for success in school and beyond, but also for the development of our cognitive abilities such as reasoning and deduction.
Answers to the question “Why is reading so important to children?” are hardly difficult to come by: research abounds, governmental policy proliferates, and society long ago appeared to have reached a general consensus as to the importance of reading to a child’s chances of success in later life…
Parents and teachers often ask us what kind of resources they should use to help their children or students learn to read. To assist, we thought we would share with you what resources we like to use in our literacy treasure chests, Book Boxes.
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