What to do with this activity?
Here's an online story to enjoy together! "The Magic Shoes" is an Irish legend about kings and leprechauns, falling into a pot of porridge, and a pair of magic shoes. If your child isn't comfortable with reading aloud, you can "click to listen" and perhaps read along with the voice, or just listen and follow the words with a finger. You can also listen to the story read in Irish if you like. Talk to your child about the story and ask questions.
Click the yellow activity link below to find the ebook.
Why am I doing this?
It’s important to encourage whatever reading your child is doing at this age. Children have their own interests and hobbies so they will be more inclined to read information about these subjects. Having comics, papers or magazines around the house will make it easier for your child to get into reading. Your child might find it appealing to read online and you might like that the book can be read by an automated voice. E books can be looked at when you are on the move, making sure that your child is careful with your computer or phone.
How can I do more?
Your child might like to read a section of the newspaper or a magazine – the sports, fashion or cooking sections - depending on their interests. They might like to read a short piece from a newspaper and underline facts with a pen and opinion with a pencil. You can then talk about the difference between fact and opinion (there are good examples in sports writing). Encourage your child to read instructions for mending bikes, building models and playing new games.
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