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Escape to another world …
At these unusual times it can be very good for our mental well-being to escape to another world for a while. There was a bit of a rush on our school Libraries before the schools closed, from both students and teachers, but in case your child wasn’t able to or for when they finish the books they borrowed we would like to share some free online resources for you to explore with your children. You may want to take a look for yourself too. (Click on the logo for the link)
Our public libraries don't just have physical resources, they also have an online offer. If you are a member of Nottinghamshire libraries (now part of INSPIRE) and can find your library card you may want to explore the link below - the main page for their digital offer (ebooks, audiobooks, emagaines and enewspapers).
Our thanks go to Renaissance Learning who we use for Accelerated Reader for making their MyOn service free for all young people whilst the schools are closed. Students just need to click on the link below. There's no need to log in.
There is some fiction on there, but there is more non-fiction (information books) as well as a news section which is updated regularly although this is quite America focussed.
For those young people who find reading a bit tricky they can even get it to read it out to them which, as long as they read along with it, will help them improve their reading whilst they are learning from home. Think how much easier they would find their school work if they took this time to try to get even better at reading!
Thanks to Amazon who have made a selection of audio books for children free to listen to whilst the schools are closed. It’s from their American site so there is a US bias, meaning many of the titles are unfamiliar to us, but maybe this is a time to try something new.
Thanks also to David Walliams who is releasing a new audio story each day at 11am for thirty days. They are taken from his book The World’s Worst Children 3 and he is reading them himself.
If you have an Amazon Prime account you can download a limited selection of books for free. I believe they change regularly. Even without a Kindle you can download the app to read them.
The Book Trust have a new section on their website called Book Trust Home Time where they have put together lots of resources and links, many of them more relevant to primary school age children. However, if you scroll down to the Fun at Home with Authors and Ilustrators page there is a section for 12 years plus with authors such as Sarah Crossan and Susan Nielsen reading from there books at a particular time each day. There are also relevant links in the 9 to 11 years section.
Every day at school we have DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time and this should be continuing whilst we are all learning from home. Key Stage 3 students at Bramcote College have thirty minutes DEAR time after lunch every day on their ‘work at home’ timetables and all other students are expected to find time to read as well. To return to where I started: we should particularly be considering the benefits of reading for mental well-being at this time.