Students and parents may benefit from some of these ideas and/or resources.
Reading with your student
Reading aloud to, or along with your child from a book that is not tied to school work will help them to become not just a ‘school-time reader’ but also know that there are books that can stir your soul, make you laugh or cry, or just enjoy a simple story together transported away from the daily deeds and screen time distractions.
Goodreads has some great lists for various age levels. For those who may be interested, here are a few lists from their 2018 choice awards, the only major book awards decided by readers.
Educator Jim Trelease explains why reading aloud to your child, no matter what her age, is the magic bullet for creating a lifelong reader. “A child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to his listening level until eighth grade. You can and should be reading more complex books to younger kids. They’ll get excited about the plot and this will be a motivation to keep reading. There's really complicated, serious stuff going on that kids are ready to hear and understand, even if they can’t read at that level yet. Reading aloud to your kids is also are a good way to grapple with difficult issues. For example, you can tell your child, “I don’t want you to hang out with so and so,” but that’s a lecture that will probably go in one ear and out the other. But if you read a book about a kid who gets in trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd, your child is going to experience that directly, and she/he’s going to experience it with you at her side, and you can talk about it together.” —Adapted from The hidden benefits of reading aloud — even for older kids
This link is to a page on Common Sense Media that addresses frequently asked questions regarding parent concerns with all aspects of our kids being online. Social media, screen time, cyberbullying, internet safety, cells phones, etc. Our teachers use Common Sense materials to teach our students about age-appropriate elements of being safe in and using digital media appropriately.
I often reference information I glean from this weekly blog. Filmmaker and Medical Doctor Delaney Ruston, MD, Shares her weekly topics to help manage and decrease struggles around screen time. The Screenager Website has a wealth of information. You would need to sign up for the Tech Talk Tuesdays blog.