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Monday 23rd November

Monday 23rd November 2020

Good morning everyone,

I hope that you all had a lovely weekend, Today’s blog is all about reading and the importance of reading and looking at books with your child every day. Young children whose parents read them five books a week enter nursery having heard about 1.4 million more words than children who are never read to, a new study found. This 'million-word gap' could be one key in explaining differences in vocabulary and reading development.

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall.”

Roald Dahl

The above rhyme is a plea written by the children’s author Roald Dahl. He was a passionate believer in reading to children from the moment they are born. Therefore, while you are indoors why not use this time to read every day to your child and also listen together to some of the excellent books being read aloud on YouTube.

The book depository (see link below) has a list of 100 great books for under-fives. You can order them for delivery or you could also put a title into YouTube and chances are someone will be reading the story aloud. Click on the link to hear The Tiger Who Came to Tea being read by the actress Geraldine McEwan.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

The Book Trust has something different every day for the whole family. There is a daily story time, free online books, videos, games, quizzes and children can even learn how to draw their favourite book characters.

The Book Trust is a charity that wants every child to have the good start in life that reading brings. It’s why their programmes aim to “reach the families of every child across the country with books, resources, support and guidance”.

As teachers we want all children to become confident readers who love books. There is no more important activity for preparing your child to succeed as a reader than reading aloud together at home.

At just a few months of age, a baby can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and point to objects on pages. You can help by pointing to the pictures, and saying the names of the various objects. By drawing attention to pictures and associating the words with both pictures and the real-world objects, your child will learn the importance of language.

When you read to children or tell them stories, they learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of printed words on a page. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word.

If you have more than one child, try to spend some time reading alone with each child, especially if they're more than 2 years apart. However, it's also fine to read to children at different stages and ages at the same time. Most children enjoy listening to many types of stories. When stories are complex, children can still get the idea and can be encouraged to ask questions. When stories are easy or familiar children enjoy these "old friends" and may even join in as you read.

Taking the time to read with your children on a regular basis sends an important message that books are important.

Today Salma is on the blog reading "The Very Lonely Firefly" by Eric Carle and Kamran is singing our Phonics song. Watch together and see how much your child knows. Shakila is also on the blog showing how to make a lovely soft cloud dough

Have a lovely day and we look forward to seeing you all on Thursday.


Making Cloud Dough with Shakila

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The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle read by Salma

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Sing the Phonics Song with Kamran

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