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The Department of Education believes that reading for enjoyment is in fact more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background. It’s clear that spending time reading with our children from the get-go is some of the most valuable time we can spend with them.
Sometimes this is easier said than done, after a hectic day rushing from after-school activities to be home in time for tea, then it’s homework and of course there’s bath time! But as world book day approaches I wanted to share my top 10 reasons why we should all strive to read to our children everyday:
Now, more than ever there are almost unlimited opportunities for providing our kids with great stories. There is a plethora of truly wonderful children’s authors and illustrators who can spin a yarn like no other and keep children mesmerised. Digital technology brings a whole other dimension to reading; e-books and audio books are yet another exciting interactive way to get children into reading.
At Hopster we want to continue to blur the line between learning and entertainment, believing that for kids, there is no line. This is the reason we have added a fantastic line-up of HarperCollins’ hit picture books into the app including Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Paddington by Michael Bond available in ebook, and Up and Down by Oliver Jeffers’ as an audio book.
As a teacher, the one question that I’ve been asked many, many times from parents is, “What can I do to help my child’s learning at home?” My answer is always the same … read to them, read with them and enjoy sharing books together. The power of reading to develop imagination, grow vocabulary and open eyes to new worlds is simply boundless. Alongside printed text, digital books can complement and enhance the reading experiences of our kids showing them that tablets can be used for highly interactive storytelling experiences which will make them want to keep coming back for more. And to my mind, that can only be a very good thing!
I’m Hopster’s Head of Learning. I have over 15 years’ experience in teaching, across the Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2 and as an Assistant Head Teacher. I specialise in literacy with a focus on developing teaching and learning within the Early Years and Key Stage 1. For me, working alongside Hopster is a perfect opportunity to be involved in developing specialist technology that delivers education in a fun and entertaining way.