Kindles to encourage more reading at Harpenden school

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By JulieGK | Friday, January 04, 2013, 19:52

A Harpenden school is providing Kindles to encourage pupils to read more, thanks to the support of a local county councillor.

A grant of £1500 has been allocated from County Councillor Teresa Heritage's (Harpenden South West) locality budget fund to The Grove Junior School, Dark Lane, Harpenden, to purchase Kindles and e-books for use by pupils.

Teachers will identify Year 5 and 6 children who are able but not motivated readers to take part in the Kindle scheme. The aim is that they will be inspired and enthused by the Kindles and start to read at a higher level and more independently.

A total of £10,000 is available to each of the 77 members of Hertfordshire County Council to spend on worthwhile community projects in their area.

Locality budgets were launched in July 2009, with funding to be used for worthy social, economic or environmental causes in Hertfordshire. For information on how to apply for funding under the scheme, visit www.hertsdirect.org/localitybudgets

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    I completely agree with you. Been reading to my son as soon as he was born (maybe for my own sanity at first!). I think the kindles will be interesting for a while, but like you say if the interest is not there then nor is the reading. It has to start with the parents. My son is now 5 and is coming on leaps and bounds in his own reading, and I believe this is down to the fact that he sees myself and my husband reading for pleasure and... he is an Enid Blyton fan too! Although I help him with that one!

    By JulieGK at 20:28 on 14/01/13

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    Whilst I think the Kindles may stimulate interest in the short term I doubt they will have any long term effect. Interest in reading is more to do with stimulating the child's interest and imagination. This is started before a child can read, probably before they can talk, by their parent's reading to them. Nowadays too many people are too busy (allegedly) to do this regularly. The bond between child and parent is an important part of this and can not be replicated in a nursery or school. Once they get to school the endless obsession with curriculums, targets and assessments can instil a word phobia in some children. This is also not helped by the dull rubbish given to children to read. Mine never had a problem as we read to them from the beginning and always encouraged them by guiding them to interesting books. One teacher tried to pull me up for getting one of my son's reading Enid Blyton – he devoured the Secret Seven – why? A friend's son was struggling and I suggested they try him on something more interesting. His reading ability raced forward after that. If we fail to stimulate children and continually assess them on turgid texts no real progress will be made.

    By MrBirtles at 10:07 on 06/01/13

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