KRC Update – March 15, 2018

March 14, 2018

Reading and the KRC (WIRED) + Reading and Home

As you may well know St Patrick’s College invests heavily in the provision of an enjoyable reading experience for your sons.- The English Faculty dedicate time each fortnight to immerse your boys into reading in partnership with the Library.- The WIRED (Wide Interest Reading English Development) Programme is supported by a large and diverse Fiction Collection, one which should ensure your boys should have the opportunity to read something that grabs their interest and feeds their desire to read.- This journey to being a young man who enjoys reading needs to be further nurtured at home.- We can put a book in your son’s hands and give him some time to read at school but inevitably he requires time at home to further engage in the text and the experience of reading.- The benefits of leading by example cannot be underestimated.- Encourage your son to read at least 3 to 4 nights a week for at least 10 -“ 20 minutes and the subtle learning that can take place will improve his literacy skills without the arduousness of chalk and talk or written homework!

As stated by Christina Clark and Kate Rumbold from their article Reading for pleasure A research overview –

-Indeed, if reading is to become a lifelong habit then people must see themselves as participants in a community that views reading as a significant and enjoyable activity. -¦-¦-¦ Research has also repeatedly shown that parental involvement in their child’s literacy practices is a more powerful force than other family background variables, such as social class, family size and level of parental education.-