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Top tips for World Book Day

Mar 2019
Happy World Book Day!

2019 marks the 22nd year of World Book Day! The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. At Kumon, we aim to foster a love of reading and learning in every child. This is why we love to celebrate World Book Day!

Over the past 22 years we have marked the occasion through a broad range of activities, so how are you celebrating World Book Day this year?

Here are our four top tips on how to celebrate World Book Day:

1. Book Characters - As many schools already do, you and your family can dress up as your favourite book characters and bring them to life! This is a great way to live the life of your book character for the day and most importantly appreciate the value of reading and books. There are many cost effective and fun suggestions online and on the World Book Day website.

2. Share a story - Be part of the fun nationwide event to read and share a story with children this World Book Day. Reading to children for 10 minutes every day can make a real difference in their learning and help to develop their interest in reading. What’s even better is that you can read and share stories wherever you like, in a park, on the bus, or at home. Have you had a look at Kumon’s Recommended Reading List (RRL)? If you need some inspiration finding a story to share, Kumon’s RRL presents 380 books intended to help Kumon students find books that they will enjoy reading, and to encourage them to read books from a wide range of genres and styles.

3. World Book Day Bookmarks - Bookmarks helps us to keep track of our reading. Why not encourage your children to cut out and colour in World Book Day bookmarks? You can choose from some great designs on the World Book Day website.
 
4. Host a Book Club Party -  You can create and host a book club party where children can come together and share their favourite novels. Let your imaginations go wild and play World Book Day charades, where children must act out their favourite book or book character. There are lots of activity packs on the World Book Day website for you to create your own events.

World Book Day is a great way to encourage children to develop a life-long habit of reading for education and enjoyment. Perhaps this is the perfect time to consider enrolling your child onto the Kumon English Programme? Our English programme helps students develop their vocabulary, grammatical precision, and improve their memorisation skills. The programme introduces students to different genres of text; familiarising students with both fiction and non-fiction, expanding their knowledge of the world and introducing them to new areas of interest. Our Instructors support students to be able to read thoroughly, extract key information from the content and express an opinion on what they have read in a compelling way.

The Kumon English Programme is not tied to any curriculum but complements learning across all subjects at school, giving students the freedom to become advanced, independent and enthusiastic learners, as well as thoughtful individuals.