At OLPS we are passionate about ensuring all children learn to read as early as possible and leave as fluent readers who have been exposed to many different authors, genres and reading experiences.
Good readers do well at school, poor readers do not. Unless children can read, they cannot access learning to the full. Reading enables children to access all areas of the curriculum. A fluent reader can learn more simply because they can read and gain new knowledge for themselves.
Research shows that being able to read accurately by the age of 6 has a strong correlation with future academic success.
WHY IS READING SO IMPORTANT?
After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading is no different.
Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.
Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.
Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.
Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.
As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.
As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.
A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere so you can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.
Reading together on the sofa, bedtime stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.
Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.
In Key Stage 2 we use Accelerated Reader as our independent and home reader programme.
AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and parents feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. Teachers help your child choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.
As with anything, performance improves with practice. Encourage your child to read at home. Create a culture of reading in your household by reading with your child, starting a home library, visiting your local library or bookstore on a regular basis, letting your child see you reading, and discussing books that each of you has read. When reading with your child, stop and ask questions to be sure your child is comprehending what is read. Reading with your child, no matter what the child’s age, is an important part of developing a good reader, building a lifelong love of reading and learning, and creating a loving relationship between you and your child. Make learning a family affair!
Use the links below to view information for parents on the Accelerated Reader official website.
Reading is fun!!