I spent my evening looking for quotes from famous historians. It was a night of words, literature and history. But with the introduction of iPads, audiobooks and Kindles, what are some of the things we can do to encourage reading in our schools?
Here’s a few that may help.
Have a book club where all the children are reading the same book together. They meet with the principal once a week to discuss the book.
Have a reading area in the classroom where people can go for quiet time to read and relax.
Organise reading buddies where older children come to read with the younger children in small groups to learn about morals and have experience of leadership and peer reading.
Praise those children who are avid readers and continent their choice of book.
Encourage parents to read at home but not just at bedtime. Have reading times together where both parents and children read quietly.
Read books yourself. If you’re going to ask your students to read then you should also be reading. Model the actions you wish to see in your students.
Buy and bring in very old books that the children can research and explore the history of.
Publish children’s creative writing as books and have them displayed in the classroom.
Are these helpful?