One of the most important aspects of reading together at home reinforces, is the building of special bonds within families that are forged through sharing stories, experiences and conversations within the pages of the amazing books being shared.
In this post, I’m happy to share 5 special reading activities you can share with your families not only during holiday times but all year round.
1. One of the most important ways families can spend time with one another is by reading aloud together. This is such a special time as it encourages conversations and promotes literacy skills through a variety of books with diverse stories, characters and settings.
You can take turns reading back and forth, and even involve other family members such as brothers, sisters, grandma, grandad, aunts, cousins, etc., and if you can't get together in person, set up special times to read together on Zoom.
Reading aloud together is for all ages. I still share special books I come across with my own grown-up children. It's just the best and one of our favourite things we share is the love of reading, instilled in them many years ago.
2. Families can talk with their children about what they might find in the school library. By using Destiny Discover, families can log in together at home to search for books and to view eBooks, Recently Added Books, and others within various categories in our school library collection.
When a book is found in Destiny Discover that you might read together, students can come to the library and borrow that book the next day.
How to login to Destiny Discover…Download the ‘Destiny Discover app’ on the iPad or tablet OR go to ‘destinydiscover.com’. Type in BIS HCMC Junior Campus Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Log in using your child’s normal school login (short username - name before the email address and password - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8)
3. Within Destiny Discover, a fun activity for families to do together is to add book reviews. Students can add book reviews, as shown below, to keep track of what they've read and to recommend books to others.
This can be a wonderful incentive for reading together at home, since students will love adding the reviews within Destiny.
4. Another super cool place for families to go together is Biblionasium, the safe, fun, social reading community for kids, their friends, educators and parents.
Within Biblionasium, children can keep track of the books they are reading and what they would like to read on virtual book shelves, while recommending and reviewing books, participating in reading challenges, and by being part of a reading community with their classmates and friends.
For families, Biblionasium lets you find books that are appropriate for your child's interest and ability, while checking in on their reading lists, class challenges and assignments.
I’m sure your children will love keeping track of everything they read using Biblionasium. You can set up challenges that can be completed over the holidays and throughout the year using eBooks that you read within Destiny. You can work on improving reading comprehension and knowledge around a variety of interesting topics for your child.
5. Speaking of eBooks, these can be a fun reading activity for families. When it isn't possible to check out print books, you can connect them online to read eBooks.
Our eBooks are catalogued alongside our print books. They are a very important part of our Destiny Discover. They have their own ribbon on the homepage, as shown below, which makes it very easy to find when searching for a new one to read (see instructions in Number 2).
We know the power of sharing our love of reading with children. It will make a difference in the lives of our young readers forever.
Ms Susan Lloyd, Librarian of Junior Campus