My daughter having started with early reader books, I thought she could now handle longer texts of captive reading, but I did not know where to find simple texts that would grab her attention and suit her reading level.
Last week, a bilingual mum gave me the idea indirectly. She told me that for her 8-year-old, she got the texts from the internet. Thinking a little bit more about it, I remembered the www.oxfordowl.co.uk website, which is the publishing house for my daughter’s early reader books. When you have an account (free) on their website, you have access to some free e-books. Though my daughter likes the originality of reading on the computer and playing the associated games, we often lack the time and opportunity to use these online resources. So I decided to copy the texts into a word document.
I presented it using a large print, very spaced out between the lines. To limit the distraction, I only put the header in colour, and a tiny image from the book, so as to make the appearance less “dry” and more appealing to her curiosity. So far, she has read the first 5 pages long story on her own. I take this as a success! 🙂
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