There are so many times that I am so grateful for a good book to read. An opportunity to float away to a different world, or to feel like I am in an adventure or to feel amused by the humour in a book. During this time away from school, books seem even more important. Sometimes I will be reading a book on screen and sometimes taking time to read books away from a screen. I hope that our children are also taking as much time as they like to absorb themselves in good books. Below are some useful links and ideas that you may find useful when selecting books and sharing books as a family.
Firstly, there are some really useful blogs to help you select books. Bronnie and Bill at Bookwagon are still working from their home and books ordered from them can be delivered to your homes. I confess that I do have a big collection on its way! Their most recent blog picks out some great new books and their website is full of other ideas. If you are still unsure what to select, you can email Bronnie and let her know you have an SBS keen reader wanting more books to read.
Helpful links for selecting books:
Follow this link to Bookwagon:
There is also the Book Trust. This has lots and lots of good recommendations and links. It is worth a browse of this website for activities as well as links to various different story times.
This is a useful site too – Love Reading 4 Kids. Again, it is full of recommendations, extracts of texts and activities for children.
Which books are SBS children reading or listening to?
It would also be good to get recommendations from the children. So if anyone reads a good book, please email class teachers or the school admin office to tell us all about it. We will compile a list of recommendations for our website.
There are many authors sharing their books in daily podcasts. Perhaps if you find an author you enjoy listening to you could let us know so that we can share it with the SBS community. In addition, we have started to record stories ourselves and we are using these for some of our lessons.
To do this we use free apps, such as Easy Voice Recorder. Once downloaded onto a device such as a phone, it is easy to record extracts of text and the upload the clip straight to learner’s pool. Perhaps children would like to read a story aloud for their friends to listen to? If they would like to do this, let us know and we can talk you through how to do it.
Inspiring writing through reading
It is also nice to research different authors. I have been enjoying watching the ‘authors and illustrators’ clips on the CLPE website. Here you can find authors reading their books, talking us through their illustrations and then sharing something about them with the audience. I think children of all ages would be really inspired to see how the artwork in texts comes together and like finding out more about popular children’s authors.
On the theme of books, words and writing, there are some really useful online dictionaries that your child can use when they are writing. I quite like the Collins Dictionary: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/urban
Plus, if all of your reading inspires you to do some more writing, why not make your own book. There are so many creative books that you can make. A quick google search took me to this page, https://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/bookmaking-crafts-make-books.html, with lots of ideas for making books and most do not require large amounts of craft resources. It can be motivating to draft a story or information book and then publish it in your own book. Perhaps your children will write something about what life is currently like for us; this may well become a piece of historic evidence for future generations.
You can be really creative with any writing you do. Your writing may also help others. Here is a piece of writing I found this week when out on my exercise break.
It says, ‘Be happy. Be kind. Be helpful. Be you.’
Another idea, is to take pictures of landmarks on your exercise breaks. When you get home, your children can try to draw a map of your route, labelling all of the landmarks and for older children adding a key. This is hopefully another type of reading and writing that might be fun for your children AND also covers national Curriculum objectives for Geography – so it’s a win, win!
So, don’t forget reading doesn’t need to be story books – there are endless poetry books, information books, magazines and children’s newspapers that our children can enjoy reading. However, you do it, please prioritise reading whilst we are away from school and really enjoy delving into books as much as you can!
Good luck and enjoy!
From Mrs Moir