Why Do We Mix Schemes and Real Books?
In the past we have often been told by teachers and parents that children are memorising characters, story lines and even the text of books that they read a lot and therefore they aren't really progressing as well as they could. So that's why in the home reader boxes we decided to mix different schemes with real books, exposing children to a number of different formats, characters and illustrations. Not only does this make reading more exciting for them, it also means that they don't memorise the characters or words in a book.
What Schemes Do We Use?
We use the popular scheme titles as well as some of the newer schemes. We make sure all titles and books are suitable for the year group and age range of the children the boxes are for.
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Home Reader Boxes are a great way to bridge the gap from the lower level readers to the higher levels. Each box contains 100 books from all genres, including both real and scheme, fiction and non-fiction titles. Books are labelled according to their reading achievement/book band level and placed in the appropriate year boxes.
Boxes are made bespoke to your requirements and there are three different boxes available per year group- so it is easier for you to share books across classes. No one box is the same, therefore if you have specific levels you want to focus on they can be accommodated.
We've often found that children are unlikely to pick up a classic title, especially when they're over 100 pages, with small fonts and no enticing imagery. Introducing children to classic themes in literature at a younger age with abridged versions of classic stories is a way to combat this...The child will engage with the story line and later in life will be more willing to pick up the full version (especially if it leaves fond memories of reading with parents and loved ones.)
Titles in the series range from Jane Eyre to Kidnapped to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Great at capturing the minds of the younger more reluctant readers.
Want more information on any of the titles mentioned in this post? Get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 01707 226 597 and we will be happy to help!
Graphic Novels are becoming increasingly popular in schools. They are often used to get boys into reading but also have the added benefit of teaching some topics in a non-conventional manner...making them easier for children to understand and grasp the concepts.
DC Comics: Engaging Reluctant Readers
Capstone has released a range of DC Comics: DC Super-Villains and DC Super Pets. These titles are aimed at getting emerging but still reluctant readers to pick up a book. With eye-catching drawings and gripping story lines.
Below we have an example of the Batman DC comic (a familiar character for children and parents!) They're great as an introduction to graphic novels and when learning key areas of English language- such as onomatopoeia on the page with "Bash" "Krash"
The DC Super Pets range is a great way to introduce different animals to Children and they touch on the themes of heroes and villains. With exciting, colorful and comic illustrations the series is great to keep children interested and wanting more.
Over the last few months we've had teachers requesting different Graphic Novels to encourage reading (especially boys!!) And as an alternative way to teach topics...
So before we go ahead, you may be wondering..but what is a Graphic Novel? These are books with a story but displayed in a more comic strip/graphic manner making them more engaging for Children who don't usually like to read books with lots of words.
A number of publishers have jumped on to the Graphic Novel bandwagon, and some hugely popular titles such as the Alex Rider series also have a Graphic alternative as well as some of the more well known classics such as Shakespeare's stories.
Over the coming weeks we will be giving you the DL on Graphic Novels and why we think they're great!