What to do with this activity?
BrainPOP Junior is an educational website aimed at 8 and 9 year olds. It has short animated movies on lots of interesting subjects. The films are presented by two characters - Tim, a smart boy; and Moby, an orange robot.
You can subscribe to the website by paying an annual subscription. However, we think there's plenty to learn if you stick to the BrainPOP free stuff offered on the website. From Mars to Martin Luther King, and from Leonardo da Vinci to cameras, there are lots of interesting subjects covered. Suggest that your child googles a subject if they want to find out more.
Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.
Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing.
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