Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Al Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme Abu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

Good American Massachusetts State Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not Applicable English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
  • 08 Mar, 2018
  • The Pearl Academy

Did you know, children who read for just 20 minutes a day will read more than 1,800,000 words in a year!

Reading is a habit that children need to be encouraged to develop. At home you could try these ideas, adapted from Reading Rockets, to encourage reading.

"Read me a story!"

Whether snuggled under the covers with jam sandwiches, or following along with a book on tape on a road trip, reading together is a powerful tool in motivating your child to read.

Why not choose a book this weekend to read as a family? 

Beyond books

Reading material comes in many different shapes and sizes, some of which may be more accessible to a new reader. On line, magazines, and comic books all provide opportunities for reading practice. Other suggestions for increasing reading opportunities include; playing board games that involve written instructions, corresponding with a pen pal and turning on the subtitles on your television. 

Why not try leaving notes around the house for your child to discover throughout the day?

Keep it fun, for everyone

If children are going to enjoy reading, the experience has to be enjoyable. As you read with your children, keep them involved by asking questions about the story, and let them fill in the blanks. You can also create activities related to the stories you're reading. 
Why not make a puppet theatre out of an old cardboard box and retell the story?

"Look at what I did!"

A sticker chart that marks the number of books your child has read will give them a sense of accomplishment. Once the goal has been reached, reward your child with something to celebrate his or her special achievement. 

Why not make the reward for reading ‘free choice’ at the book shop? 

"I want that one!"

Reading should be a choice, not a chore. Make sure there are a variety of books, magazines, and other materials available for your child to choose from, wherever your child may be. Let your child's interests guide his or her reading choices. While it's fine to make suggestions, don't force your conceptions of what your child should be reading onto your child. And, keep an eye on the reading level of the books your children choose. Let them stretch to the best of their ability, but be ready to help if they get discouraged.

Why not share your reading choices with your child? 

Talk about reading

Reading doesn't have to stop when you put the book down. Talk to your child about books you've read and books you think he or she might enjoy. Point out similarities between everyday events and stories you have recently read. If your child has a favourite author, help your child write him or her a letter. 

Does your child see you as a reader?  Why not share with them your reading habits?

What time is it?

Set times that are dedicated to reading, as a family and an individual. By setting aside specific times, rather than trying to squeeze it in between football and dance lessons, you send the message that reading is an important activity, and something your child will enjoy.

Why not have a set time when everyone snuggles up with a good book, iPads, kindles, magazine or leaflet?