Library News | Preparatory School

Prep Book Swap!

On Thursday 27th May we will be holding our Prep book swap. Thank you to all the families who donated books to help raise money for the Kunbarlanja Indigenous Community in the Northern Territory. Please remember to bring in your $1 coins to swap for each book that you would like to own.! Help us raise much needed funds!

Spare Library Bags

If you have any spare Library bags at home with our Library tag on it, please return it to the library as our box is empty. Please remind your son/s to bring their Library bag each week for their Library reading time so they can borrow books to read at home each week.

NSS Bookmark Competition

We have been overwhelmed with the wonderful response we have received for the National Simultaneous Bookmark Competition! We have received so many fantastic bookmarks that judging the winners will be a challenge. Thank you for all your hard work!

How to encourage your child to read

  1. Read it again and again- If your child is learning to read and is familiar with a book allow them to re-read it over and over as this helps them build speed & accuracy.
  2. Make Reading Real – Read books that relate to real life moments and experiences this helps children to relate to others experiences with the same event.
  3. Take a book with you wherever you go- Having a book with you if you are waiting at a doctor’s appointment keeps them occupied and also shows them you can always fit in time to read
  4. Dig Deeper into the story- Help you child engage in the story by asking questions about the characters & relating them back to life experiences
  5. Make reading fun- Encourage your child to choose a fun read i.e.- Graphic novels, magazines, cookbooks, newspapers and audio books.
  6. Allow them to take their time- Praise & support your child’s reading and help them sound out words by reading the sentences together, always praise their efforts
  7. The right book- Find books that aren’t too hard or too easy for your child to read. You can check this by allowing your child to read a few pages and asking questions about what they have read. If it is too hard or too easy try another book until you find the best fit.
  8. Play word games- This helps your child to learn to recognize and work with sounds in words. i.e. tongue twisters, conjunction words & rhyming words.
  9. Read to each other- Take turns in reading out loud to each other this helps improve reading skills, this allows your child to grow as a reader.
  10. Point out relationships with words – Talk about words whenever you can explain how related words similar meanings and spelling have, i.e. point out how wild and wilderness are spelt the same but are pronounced differently
  11. Make books special – Try to create a positive feeling around – have a special reading space/corner or reading time together. Give books as gifts.
  12. Make reading creative – Try creating a book together, staple pages together like a book, write and illustrate it together then read it in your special reading space.
  13. Let your child choose – children have different types of genres and books they like to read, let them choose books to read. The important thing is to practice reading, no matter where or how it happens
  14. Look for a series of books – Ask your librarian or teacher for suggestions about popular book series your child may like. Reading a book series helps them get familiar with tone, characters and themes

Abigail Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator


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