We have had so much positive feedback from these events we are holding another one on Cup Weekend.
Details are in our flyer, below.
Reading corners are a great way to get kids excited about books and to give them a positive experience around reading.
If you would like more information, or would like to book a reading event, please contact us!
Take a look at the feedback and photos from our previous events...
Read the feedback from previous Reading Corners:
"Thankyou so much for the great event you organised Sarah. The children loved every second of it. You and your friendly team were amazing with kids and adults alike. We have already shared with a friend who needs help with her son and his literacy development. She will contact you sometime soon. We also intend to share this with colleagues and in the kids school.The blog and pics are also lovely we wish you all the best in this initiative! "
"We would be recommending Canine Comprehension to any parents who's child is afraid of dogs.Sarah is very good with the kids and have trained the dogs well to sit for the children to pat them and lie still while the children to place a book on the dog while reading. Amazing to see the results with the children. "
Photo's from previous Reading Corners:
An essay is a piece of structured writing used to communicate an idea or series of ideas.
Students get so worried that they 'can't write an essay'. I think they get too anxious over the word essay, but when we break down the expectations of a good essay the task doesn't seem so difficult.
When I mark English essays I usually use a marking rubric. A rubric is a scoring tool that allows markers to stay within objective guidelines when judging an assessment. They are also a great tool for students, as it allows students to understand what their marker is looking for.
In essay writing rubrics usually cover:
So when a student is writing an essay they should keep content, structure and mechanics in the back of their mind. When rereading and editing their essay they should keep content, structure and mechanics in the front of their mind. Students should go through their essay and ask questions around content, structure and mechanics, such as:
Are my ideas relevant to the chosen topic?
Did I use evidence, did I discuss is clearly?
Are my ideas communicated in a logical way?
Have I checked my spelling / grammar / punctuation?
If students are able to write with the rubric in mind they will pick up many more marks. If they get used to referring to the rubric they will have much more guidance when beginning the task of writing an essay. and finally, they will have good guidance on what they did well and what they need to improve on in the future.
What a fantastic day. The weather was perfect and The Dandenongs was a beautiful backdrop for our AFL themed Reading Corner. Our reading corners are an opportunity for kids to meet our literacy dogs and find out what Canine Comprehension is all about. It is a great opportunity for kids to sit with the dogs, enjoy reading some books and have a positive experience with both books and dogs.
Canine Comprehension was created to for kids to enjoy tutoring sessions by using Animal Assisted Therapy trained dogs to encourage a positive approach to literacy. This was achieved today.
As kids arrived they were invited to grab a book and sit with the dogs or grab some crayons and enter our colouring in competition. It is heart warming to watch the quiet time, where kids are sitting around and silently enjoying their activity and the dogs.
Our first 'story time' was fun! Sarah read 'Why I love footy' and the kids enjoyed listening along.
After David Macdonald came down and played footy tunes on the Bagpipes. A few songs were recognised and we even had kids get up and dance to 'Bob the Builder' on the bagpipes.
The rest of the day included kids playing games, watching a trick training demo and taking their time with the books.
Reading should be about just enjoying the simple process of engaging with a good book. We often talk to parents about getting their kids to have positive experiences with reading and if that process is enjoyed it is much easier for parents to encourage kids to read. Once kids enjoy the reading process literacy, memory, imagination, emotional intelligence and concentration is improved through reading.
We would like to thank all the families who came down to Rainy Day Books and made our event a success. We would love to see you again. Please recommend us to your school, or think about using us as your English tutor.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
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