Sep 13, 2023

Inspiring Raving Readers Across Our Nurseries

Nursery practitioner with a young girl on her lap reading her a book 

In this blog, we will explore the importance of supporting children to become Raving Readers and how it sets the stage for their success in various aspects of life.

Our Brighter Learning Approach is our own unique pathway to Creating Brighter Futures Together. Within the approach, there are six enrichments, each helping to develop essential skills for lifelong learning.

We ensure that children are encouraged to foster a love for books and reading. That’s why one of our enrichments within the Brighter Learning Approach is Raving Readers. This is supported with the 3 aspects – Book Bugs, Super Storytellers and Ready Readers.

Explaining the Raving Readers enrichment

Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. Writing involves transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech, before writing).

Reading in the Early Years has numerous benefits for children. It helps to develop children’s vocabulary and language skills, improve their comprehension and critical thinking abilities, and increase their imagination and creativity.

Each of the 3 aspects linked to Raving Readers help support and develop children’s learning. These are broken down as shown below:

Book Bugs

Introducing young children to books is essential for their cognitive, social and emotional development, as well as being a fun and enjoyable activity.

  • Delving into books is like embarking on a language adventure. It helps enhance language skills, enrich vocabulary, and boosts comprehension skills!
  • Books are creative launchpads for young minds. They help to ignite imagination, inviting children to envision worlds beyond the pages and sparking creativity.
  • Reading encourages critical thinking, as children learn to understand plots, characters, and make connections, enhancing their problem-solving skills.
  • Books are windows to diverse cultures, perspectives, and values. They broaden a child’s horizons, promoting empathy and understanding of the world.
  • Introducing young children to books early instils a lasting passion for reading.

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Super Storytellers

Encouraging storytelling has plenty of benefits for children’s development when it comes to reading.

  • Encouraging children to create and tell stories helps them express their thoughts and feelings and lets their imagination run wild.
  • When children retell stories, it helps to improve their memory, and they get better at understanding how stories work.
  • Creating stories teaches children how to put events in order, like solving a puzzle. It’s like a mini problem-solving game.
  • Storytelling builds confidence. It helps children talk about what’s on their minds, and work through solutions.

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Ready Readers

Introducing young children to reading is important for their cognitive and language development.

  • Reading is vital for young children’s brains. It helps them to understand new words and ideas.
  • Reading keeps children’s minds active, helping improve their attention span as well as their memory skills, which are vital for later life.
  • Reading signs, labels, magazines, and comics can help children to learn letters and sounds, understand words, and enjoy stories.
  • Reading together is like a family hug. It brings everyone closer and can help children to love learning even more.

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Reading helps children to gain knowledge and understanding of the world around them and can foster a love of learning. Additionally, reading can help children to develop important social and emotional skills, such as empathy and understanding of different perspectives. Furthermore, reading together with a parent or caregiver can also be a bonding experience and is a great way to spend quality time together.

Related pages/links:

The Brighter Learning Approach 

Our Curriculum

Related blogs:

All About the Brighter Learning Approach 

Mini Maths Enrichment

The Importance of Teaching Children About Our Wonderful World

My Happy and Healthy Self

Super STEAM Enrichment

Supporting Children Becoming Confident Speakers & Communicators

Blog checked by: Kat Learner (Training & Professional Development Manager)

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