Children have been encouraged to take part in some fun reading, as World Book Day takes place (March 3).
The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI), which coordinates literacy and speech and language programmes in Dublin and Limerick urged teachers, parents and children to get involved.
In Tallaght a mobile library is visiting schools this week and many schools are doing reading weeks with parents and children. Some schools are encouraging the kids to dress up as their favourite book characters.
CDI Speech and Language Therapist Michelle Quinn outlined useful tips for parents to encourage their children’s reading.
“It’s never too early to start. Share books them with your child for at least ten minutes each day. Ask for books as presents for your child’s birthday or Christmas. Join the local library and you’ll never be short of books.”
She said what works to get children’s interest also varies according to their age.
“Children in Junior Infants like books about everyday things, story books about adventures, alphabet books, counting books, non-fiction books about insects or dinosaurs or imaginative books – about fairies.
“Children at crèche stage like small books that fit into their hands, books with simple rhymes, flap books and books about everyday things, clothes, animals and toys.
Preschool children often like books that tell stories about children and also nursery rhyme books.”
“When reading talk about the book. With smaller children this may be pointing out pictures while it would be pointing out words with older children.”
CDI CEO Marian Quinn encouraged parents and children to use www.doodleden.ie, a fun website for 5-6 years olds with interactive language and number games.
World Book Day resource packs are available at www.worldbookday.com
CDI co-ordinates the Doodle Den literacy programme at nine primary schools in Tallaght and at six schools in across Limerick city, plus additional schools in Dublin city centre. It’s speech and language therapy programme, Chit Chat, works with approximately 120 children each year in Tallaght West.
Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Comunications: (086) 317 9731.