Children and Reading

Ref: C3529127

Books can benefit children in so many ways. Regular reading not only helps children to become more adept at the English language, but, far more importantly, books open up a wider world of imagination and feeling. Personal reading helps children to grow and value their own thoughts and reflections. But how can we, as parents, encourage our children to read more widely?   This course aims to provide some fresh ways of making books matter outside of school.

Course aim

This course aims to help parents to find new ways to encourage, deepen and support their children's reading.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Help children to choose the books they would most enjoy.
  • Find ways to create a good reading environment.
  • Explore the history of children's literature, as well as recent trends in children's books.
  • Identify and explore the role reading plays in the imaginative life of both children and adults.
  • Find ways to encourage an ongoing reading journey that is both fun and meaningful.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

Children and Reading Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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