Curriculum News

Conference day, Home reading, Support for your Child to develop Literacy skills
Monday 04th March, 2019.
Curriculum News.

Curriculum News

Conference Day was a huge success! It was so great to see so many of our families attend conferences, and spend time understanding how we can work together. Likewise, many rich conversations were had with students as they reflected on previous learning and set goals for the future. Thank you so very much for taking the time from work or family commitments to attend this important day.

Home Reading

You probably know very well the benefits of reading to young and primary aged kids, to develop literacy skills, cognitive development, empathy and even mathematical skills. But do you understand the importance of reading as an adolescent?

The adolescent brain is busy figuring out what is still important and what it can leave behind. An ongoing interest in reading will maintain the connections established as children, and further develop all the skills listed above. Adolescence is also a time that we widen our focus on the world around us, and reading – whether it be literature, news articles, ebooks or graphic texts – opens up possibilities that young adult fiction does not.

The struggle that schools and families share for so many of our young people is how so we get them to read? Here’s some tips:

  • Be a role model for your child. Read yourself, read the books set at school, and talk about them
  • Have books in your house. You may have fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, ebooks, manga, as long as it’s visible and accessible. Having said that, preference printed over ebooks (research suggests websites and comics have not had the same benefits as the traditional print texts)
  • Let your child read anything, as long as it is age appropriate of course! They can reread their favourites, or you could recommend one you read together
  • Take time out of the day to read. Don’t want to miss a basketball game? What about 15 minutes of reading each day?
  • Don’t be afraid to read out loud – this practice has many benefits for bigger kids too!
  • Encourage library borrowing. Take your child to the local library, or encourage them to visit ours at lunchtime.

If you find that your child is still reluctant to read, start with other forms of texts such as art, song lyrics, advertisements, gaming or current events and discuss them with your child:

  1. What is the writer trying to say?
  2. How is he/she saying it?
  3. How are they trying to get us to feel?
  4. How are they portraying members of our society?

These are just some of the ways you can support your child and help us develop their literacy skills. Through our work together, we will develop creative, well-rounded individuals who consider carefully their world, and their role within it.

Thank you.

Ms Carolyn Bamberg

Acting Assistant Principal

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