Education Matters

Why reading is important for boys

Posted by Jason Cheers on Jan 20, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Why reading is important for boysParents can have a profound impact on their son’s literacy learning, especially in relation to reading. Parents are essential in delivering the ‘reading for pleasure and purpose’ message to boys.

A key strategy to support boys’ reading at home is to have a wide variety of books (fiction and non-fiction) and other forms of reading material available throughout the house. Boys tend to like reading stories that reflect the image they have for themselves — graphic novels, books in series, humour, action and adventure books engage many boys.

Trinity continues to develop and extend teachers’ professional knowledge and skills in explicit teaching for boys’ literacy development. In response to several years of NAPLAN data and other assessment information, a Trinity Literacy Scope and Sequence has been developed which specifically addresses the learning needs of our boys in a focused and developmental way from Kindergarten to Year 10.

In Years 11 and 12, our goal is to see that these literacy skills have greatly enhanced boys’ learning opportunities in their significant final years of schooling.

Evidence from around the globe has indicated that in general, boys demonstrate weaker literacy skills in comparison to girls. At Trinity, we constantly aim to challenge societal notions that limit boys’ development of literacy skills to ensure they have every opportunity to achieve the best educational outcomes in all areas of their schooling life.

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Topics: Literacy, Reading