How to teach children reading and writing - remotely?

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

What would be a better way to teach children about these important skills than through a captivating streamed story?  

Storyline Online is a free resource for learning during COVID-19. It has a huge video library of loved storybooks read out loud by celebrated actors, plus free a Activity Guide for teachers linked to each story. Children read and respond to works of literature with emphasis on comprehension, making connections among ideas and between texts with focus on textural evidence.

Let’s take for example The Rainbow Fish. Rainbow Fish is an award-winning book about a beautiful fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learns to share. With this story it is possible to teach children about reading and writing + friendship skills.

Friendships skills are something that never ever go out of style. Therefore, discussing about kindness, feelings and sharing is always a smart idea. Especially now, when children might be staying at home and playing in smaller groups – even by themselves – it is good to remind children about the important cornerstones of friendships.

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If possible, teacher and children listen to the story together via a video call. The Teacher's Activity Guide has ideas how to support reading and writing skills and what to discuss before, during and after the story. (Ask children for example: What are some kinds of fish that you know? Can you describe them? Why is it nice to share? How does it make us feel if a friend doesn’t share with us? Why is it sometimes hard to share?)

The greatest thing with this Activity Guide is that there are also ideas for activities across the curriculum, for example science and art! Just pick a story that interests your class and plan the entire week around that… TADAA!

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