Newspaper reading for primary school kids

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When should children start reading the newspapers?

Pre-school
4
9%
Lower Primary (P1-3)
24
51%
Upper Primary (P4-6)
16
34%
Secondary and beyond
3
6%
 
Total votes : 47

Newspaper reading for primary school kids

Postby rocklee » Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:47 pm

Hi parents

Anyone has any advice on when the is most appropriate time or age to introduce newspaper reading to children and how to go about doing it (such as what type of articles etc)?

TIA.

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Re: Newspaper reading for primary school kids

Postby kiasimom » Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:11 pm

rocklee wrote:Hi parents

Anyone has any advice on when the is most appropriate time or age to introduce newspaper reading to children and how to go about doing it (such as what type of articles etc)?

TIA.


It will really depend on the child's reading ability.
You can start off with NEWPAPER first as it is simpler as compared to the ST.
If your child has no problem with NEWPAPER then you can advance to ST.

As for age, it is not possible to guage cos a 5 years old might read better than a 7 years old!

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Postby buds » Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:22 pm

One English study centre i know, discourages introduction to the New Paper
mainly due to its content i suppose. The educators there recommended that
children be exposed to our Straits Times where the use of English they
considered up to standard for majority of the articles published.

I personally started my girls with children's magazines first as there are
relevant articles written by adults and kids in them. Some schools also
encourage their students to contribute to the school's news bulletin.
This i find, is also a good start to reading and writing newspaper.

JMHO.

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Postby schellen » Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:28 pm

Like buds, I would advise against starting with NewPaper due to the content and writing style. My DD (7yo) can start with magazines too. Recently, we went to the gynae clinic and while waiting for my turn, DD finished her storybook so I passed her a copy of Newsweek from the waiting room pile. I picked the more palatable (read: non-politics/-terrorist/-economics) articles for her and let her make the final decision. She actually enjoyed reading them and only asked me occasionally to define certain words.

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Postby rocklee » Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:51 pm

Hi Buds

May I know what are the children's magazines? My children subscribe to the school chinese magazine "Hao Peng You". But I don't find any of the English equivalent.

TIA

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Postby buds » Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:17 pm

Image

When OKTO ran Charlie and Lola shows on TV, my girls (AND I!)
were fascinated by the accent they spoke in and the activities
Charlie and Lola did on the show. The show also portrayed how
2 siblings will share, play, argue and do stuff together. If they
quarreled the show also featured how the siblings will overcome
their issues together.... without beating each other up!


Image


We then got to borrow Charlie and Lola books from the library.
After which we upgraded to the magazines and that was how we
were stuck with buying the Charlie and Lola magazines for awhile. :wink:

There's also Playhouse Disney magazines... Barbie... Princess...
High School Musical and lots more... They even have crossword
and Sudoku magazines. So depending on the age of your child
and what you wish to introduce to them at that age first... you
can scour the bookshop's magazine sections and take your pick.

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Postby mowmow » Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:24 pm

rocklee wrote:Hi Buds

May I know what are the children's magazines? My children subscribe to the school chinese magazine "Hao Peng You". But I don't find any of the English equivalent.

TIA


There are also magazines from UK such as the adventure box and story box which can be subscribed through Nurture Craft! In these magazines, there is a featured story in each issue, and there is also a list of questions to test the kid's understanding of the story. Personally find it quite interesting to read.

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Postby buds » Mon Nov 02, 2009 4:28 pm

Magazines can also be borrowed from the library.
No need to buy. Unless if the children likes doing
the activities inside that needs cutting out of the
pages and also the freebies that come with each
different magazine.

Yes mowmow is right. There are really many
choices out there. It's just to find the one that
interests your child to read. :wink:

For me, i dun subscribe to any. Even the adult
magazines that i read too. Just on and off if the
content is good, i'll get it off the rack.

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Postby Andaiz » Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:56 pm

buds wrote:Image

When OKTO ran Charlie and Lola shows on TV, my girls (AND I!)
were fascinated by the accent they spoke in and the activities
Charlie and Lola did on the show. The show also portrayed how
2 siblings will share, play, argue and do stuff together. If they
quarreled the show also featured how the siblings will overcome
their issues together.... without beating each other up!


Image


We then got to borrow Charlie and Lola books from the library.
After which we upgraded to the magazines and that was how we
were stuck with buying the Charlie and Lola magazines for awhile. :wink:


I'm at that stage now - we do own quite a number of C&L books, buds - coz the girls got hooked when they started watching this in the UK. (it's pidgin cutie English accent but very cute right? Only I think L whines a little too much).

Except for kid's NG which is part of a package we took - and are still awaiting it to arrive :pray: :pray: :pray: (probably in time for Christmas) - we buy magazines off the shelf as rewards and for the activities there.

DD1 started reading short articles in the newspapers (ST) when I read them on Sat mornings or in the evenings when I get back home. I only glance through the Money pages, and orbituaries in the morning before I go to work.

She also follows with interest the floods and typhoons in PH due in part to her other sensory skills overworking (see my other thread).

To answer your question, rocklee, better to start with magazines and then give them bite-size of newspaper articles that interest them before showing them the full works (entire paper).

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Postby joconde » Tue Nov 03, 2009 4:26 pm

Can also use TODAY and MyPaper. Their articles are shorter and more condensed as compared to Straits Times, making it easier to read for younger kids or those who are weak in language (like mine !) Furthermore, they are FREE OF CHARGE !! :D

For chinese articles, 大拇指 is great.

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