EASING INTO A REMOTE READING PROGRAMME
Updated 23 April
A great link here to the National Library Services for Schools - "Help to support reading at home".
"Reading content and resources from the National Library Services to Schools, New Zealand, and around the globe that have been curated, developed, or made freely available for this period of home-based learning and reading. It includes links to lists of the many and varied videos of authors and celebrities reading aloud."
For younger students being read to is very important. If you are worried about accountability for older readers then maybe introduce a simple reading log where they record what they have read or if you want to take it further, a reading journal where they can add some simple reflections on their reading.
With libraries closed it is fortunate that we have access to so much reading material online. Many websites are offering special concessions and FREE downloads as a response to Covid-19. Unfortunately many of these incorporate reading 'systems' that you and your students have to navigate your way through and eventually end up having to pay for. Really all we are suggesting here is access to good material without instructional add ons.
Links for Online Reading Material
Apple Books: The best I have found so far for quick downloadable reading material for all ages. You do need an Apple ID and an apple device (ipad or iphone or Mac). If you don't have the 'Books' app you will need to download and open it. Then search for "Free books for kids" or if you want a higher reading age "Free books for young readers" or "Free easy chapter books" and choose from a list of books they have made available. Below are some random examples.
Amazon.com Do a search in the search box for Free Kindle kids books (age ranges provided) Students will need to have a Kindle account to access so they may need some help to get started.
Movie Subtitles: How about encouraging your students to watch a movie on TV with the subtitles on and the audio off.
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