How does technology make children good readers?
Your child, like most children, will learn to read in school, but often they come to associate reading with work, not pleasure. Helping your children enjoy reading is one of the most important things you can do as a parent but sometimes you don't have enough time to do it. Are there any interactive activities or website that encourage kids to read? How can I use technology to make reading fun for them?
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I love reading, and one of the biggest reasons for this is that my parents love reading and made this part of our family life. They read us stories, we read books together, and we went to the library often.
As you noted, reading can often be associated with work. For me, going to the library allowed me to read what I wanted. This could be comics, novels, non-fiction etc. As this became a habit at a young age, I have continued to love reading and still go to the library quite often.
Finding time for this can be a challenge, one way to do this would be to have reading time where you read a book (or articles online) that you need to finish while your children read books (or e-books) they like.
A website that I like using to help with my reading is called Goodreads.com. It allows you to track what you are reading, find new books, and review those you read. This could be a fun way to track your reading as a family, and even set goals.
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There are great tools and websites to enhance the reading experience. One example is http://www.usborne.com/quicklinks/eng/?loc=uk.
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What a wonderful question Laura! There are many amazing technologies to support literacy in young readers, www.storylineonline.net and http://www.storyboxlibrary.com.au/ are high quality experiences for our young readres. I do want to encourage families to make parent and child reading time the highest priority however. Mem Fox highlights that Technology [is] no substitute for reading time. This article is intelligent and balanced, there are of course less intelligent articles that have a little merit such as this one by Miranda Devine who blames teachers for the devastating bushfires in New South Wales, Australia. I really like how Linda (above) gave her son a strong foundation of family reading time before he ventured into the world of gaming.
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We read to our kids every night before bed, and Beatrix Potter and later Harry Potter were familiar and trusted characters in their lives. But my son's reading really soared, I believe, when he began to play video games. Early on, it was games like Oregon Trail and Pajama Sam. Later in life, surprisingly, games like Final Fantasy and World of Warcraft required a great deal of reading in order to progress through the various levels of the games. Now I see teachers are using video games in the classroom to spur kids not only to read, but to write and produce all kinds of creative projects. Games really excel when it comes to motivating kids to learn.