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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Books and the Eleven Plus

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat

Please put a penny in the old man's hat

If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do

If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you!

Christmas is coming and your child needs more books

Please put some books in the real Christmas stocking.

If you don’t know which books to give, then get some advice

If you give `book money’ then you might promote reading!.

Children will read books recommended teachers, librarians, parents and friends. The other level of books that children may read are the books the child buys with money apportioned to the cause. If your child spends his or her own money on the books; we hope that it is likely that he or she will read.

It is possible that teachers, librarians and parents will sometimes recommend books that are a little more demanding than those chosen by the child. Most eleven plus children, however, will have been `free readers’ for some time and will be used to choosing their own books.

A major task that parents sometimes face is the effort that is needed to wean their children from the tried and tested. We would acknowledge that reading is good for eleven plus children because it can widen horizons and broaden experiences. Along the way true eleven plus reading will, hopefully, encourage comprehension and broaden reading vocabulary – as these are skills used in many types of verbal reasoning questions.

Books with a good story line and characters that a child can identify with – will probably hold a child’s attention. There are many books that continue to be read by generations of children.

Just think – Christmas Day – and the goose is cooking gently. The T.V. is off. No computer games are being played. The house is sleeping peacefully – your child is curled up reading. Oh joy!


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