Pre-school Reading Page
We love Reading!
Mrs Sanders loves reading; especially anything by Roald Dahl.
I have always enjoyed reading. My family were always reading. We had Friday night weekly trips to the library, which was so exciting because I could get many books; I often couldn’t carry the pile I had chosen. That night I was always allowed to stay up a little later to read. My parents would also take me to the local bookshop so I could spend my pocket money. There was something so exciting to be the first person to open and read that book. I felt as if the stories were written especially for me.
My favourite books as a child were magical stories that would whisk me away to a magical lands. I especially loved the magic of The Far Away Tree. I remember my parents taking turns to read me The Jungle Book and being enthralled in this wonderful world of animals. I have always loved poems too, which gave me a love of anything by Dr Seuss, which I have read many times to my own children.
I have had many favourite authors whist growing up, but the ones that have stuck with me include C.S. Lewis who wrote the Chronicles of Narnia; E.B. White who wrote Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little; and E. Nesbit who wrote The Five Children and It.
I love collecting children’s books and have filled two book cases! My children are much older now but I love bringing in my books to read to my class. Julia Donaldson and Roald Dahl are definite favourites…but I still always get excited by reading anything by Dr Seuss.
Now that I am all grown up, I still love to read. I must have been good last year because Father Christmas bought me a Kindle. I love being able to take my virtual book anywhere to sneak a few pages in. I am currently reading Harlan Coben’s The Boy from the Woods.
Book as a Hook
Early Years Reading Curriculum
It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading.
Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth.
It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together.
Skilled word reading, taught later, involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words.
Writing involves transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech, before writing).
At Hopscotch, reading is a key part of every day: adults reading to the children, the children sharing books with each other in the book corner, acting out stories, retelling stories using puppets, and using books to find out more about particular topics of interest.
Developing children’s expressive and receptive vocabularies are vital and speaking and listening are core elements of all activities. Children’s understanding of core concepts is explicitly taught using Concept Cat.