EALD / ESL  (English as an Additional Language / Dialect)   (English as a Second Language)

Thanks for the warm welcome back to school after taking extended leave this term to recover from back surgery. It has been wonderful to see all the students again and note their growth in progress and confidence. Well done! 

I’ve been reading a lot while I’ve been away and I came across these reading commandments from one of my favourite children’s authors, Mem Fox. They are a practical and positive list about the how and why we should read to children. 

Here are the first five commandments. Then click on the link to read the rest!

1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.

2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.

3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.

4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.

5. Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again, and always read in the same ‘tune’ for each book i.e. with the same intonations on each page, each time.