Students gain a deeper understanding of books when they make connections. I encourage parents to ask questions when reading and allow your child to do the same. Guide them to reflect and make connections from the book to their own lives, another text they have read, or the world around them. With so much screen time how about making another connection to media? Check out podcasts! Listening to audiobooks and podcasts is a great way to pique your child’s interest in a variety of topics and challenges them to grow their listening skills. Research shows comprehension, vocabulary, reading fluency, and motivation are all positively impacted by auditory learning. Podcasts and audiobooks are great for long drives and road trips. Check out a few of the podcasts listed below:
Little Stories of Tiny People
The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
But Why! A Podcast for Curious Kids
Book Club for Kids (middle school level)
Available on Hilltop’s website: Top 10 Kid’s Podcast Ebook
Laura McGee is Head of School at Hilltop Country Day School in Sparta. Laura has been a key member of the Hilltop community for 17 years. She co-founded Camp Apogee, initiated Hilltop’s Makerspace, introduced Hilltop students to 3D printing, competitive robotics, and the Technology Student Association. With over 30 years of experience as an educator, Laura has worked with schools in New Jersey, Maryland, and Hawaii. Laura is involved in NJ Maker Day, Girls Who Code, Math Kangaroo, and Introduce a Girl to Engineering.