From iPad applications to video game consoles, your child has probably been exposed to a wider range of games and activities than you ever had access to when you were their age. Although it is important for your child to experience the latest developments and trends of the modern world, it is equally as beneficial to let them appreciate the joys of one of history’s earliest forms of entertainment: reading.
Read on for our recommended reading list for your six- to twelve-year-old child.
The importance of reading
Developing linguistic abilities
Reading is an important skill that will help your child read, write, and speak a language better. Just by reading for 20 minutes a day, your child will be exposed to about 1.8 million words of text a year. This will strengthen your child’s grammar skills and boost their range of vocabulary, especially if they are reading books that are challenging for their age.
Building Communication Skills and Self-confidence
Armed with a wider range of vocabulary, your child will be able to verbalise and communicate their thoughts more accurately. This improved articulation can make a huge difference to how confidently your child presents an answer in class or makes an impromptu speech.
Improving Concentration and Focus
From browsing social media while chatting with friends or watching a television programme while having dinner, we are constantly exposed to different stimuli that divide our attention and reduce our productivity.
Compare this to reading a book – to fully absorb each detail, your child will need to devote their undivided attention to the story. This will help your child stay focused for longer periods of time and ultimately improve how well your child can concentrate on a particular task at hand.
Every book brings its reader on an adventure, which makes reading particularly enjoyable for children with vivid imagination. Exposing your child to different genres of both factual and fictional novels will not only develop your child’s creativity, but also help them construct creative compositions more easily at school.
Stronger Analytical Skills
Following a particularly complicated plot or reading a thought-provoking book will develop your child’s critical thinking. These novels challenge your child’s ability to break down a storyline or assess the situation they are reading about.
How does TLL incorporate the love for reading into our language lessons?
We strongly believe that tomorrow’s leaders must be today’s readers, and our TLL Libraries are a commitment to cultivate a reading habit in our students that go beyond their academic needs. With a total of 77,000 titles for our preschool and primary students to choose from when they come for lessons, our specially curated libraries are a labour of love, taking pride of place in each of our facilities.
As part of their English and Chinese Programmes, our nursery and kindergarten students borrow books from the TLL Libraries on a weekly basis. This is an essential part of our language lessons, as we believe that reading plays a critical role in building a strong foundation in a language. Teachers also conduct storytelling sessions for our kindergarten students, which bring each child on a little journey out of the classroom and into the magical settings within the stories.
The comprehension and Cloze Passage exercises in our Primary English Core Programmes are commonly based off excerpts from popular children’s books we have in our TLL Libraries. This makes the exercise more interesting and engaging for our students, who often proceed to browse or borrow these books for leisure reading.
Interested to find out what else we cover in our English programmes?
Our recommended reading list for your child
For Primary 1-2 students
- Dory Fantasmagory, Abby Hanlon
Let daring Dory and her wild imagination take you on an adventure on a lifetime! From outsmarting monsters to exacting revenge on her sister’s favourite doll, Dory is sure to thrill young readers with her crazy stories.
- The Adventures of Miss Petitfour, Anne Michaels
While Miss Petitfour enjoys baking and eating fancy cakes, it is her sixteen cats that she loves the most. Join Miss Petitfour as she takes readers on five magical adventures with her equally eccentric felines.
For Primary 3-4 students
- Pax, Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen
A poignant story set against the backdrop of war, readers follow the adventures of Pax and his beloved boy as they struggle to reunite after being tragically separated from each other.
- Countdown Zero, Chris Rylander
Carson Fender might only be a student, but already he is embroiled deep in international espionage that takes him on the most exciting escapades.
For Primary 5-6 students
- The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey, Chris Colfer
The fifth instalment in this exciting fairy tale series sees the magical twins Alex and Conner attempt to recruit fairy tale superheroes from Conner’s own stories in order to defeat the Masked Man and his army of literature’s greatest villains.
- Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
Acclaimed detective Hercule Poirot is travelling on board the luxurious Orient Express when he receives news that one of the passengers has been stabbed to death. Will Poirot be able to find the murderer before he or she strikes again?