Week Eight Literacy Tip: Building the cognitive stamina

A workout for the brain? Some of the feedback I get from students around reading is that they struggle to stay interested, which fits with research around our increasing lack of attention span.

So of course it’s going to take time and practise to sit still and focus on reading. 

You at home may be nodding your head and thinking the same. You are one of the best influences on your child’s interest and engagement with reading.  “Parents who are struggling readers, but who are seen to prioritise reading, can make a powerful difference” (The Education Hub). Maybe you and your child might start small; “Hey, let’s sit a read for 5 minutes” tonight, then again tomorrow and maybe 6 minutes the next night, or the next week. And do it with a cup of tea and a biscuit ;) 

What we’re reading: Mrs Bir has been busy reading away! She has enjoyed Lessons in Chemistry (although there wasn’t enough actual chemistry) and Yellowface. She is now reading Safiyyah’s war which is about how war impact’s friendships. How life changes for people when war strikes. She is also planning to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - when she gets her hands on it.

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