How to View your Student’s Learning Portfolios on Octavo

Encouraging students to read more is an important task for every teacher. But how can you ensure your students are getting the most out of their reading? With Octavo’s Educate feature – designed specifically for teachers – all of this becomes much easier. At the click of a button, teachers can view all the classrooms they teach, all the students in each classroom and the individual portfolio of every student. 

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Students’ Maltese Stories Published on Octavo!

An original series of works were produced as part of ‘L-Isfida Msella’ organised by San Anton School.

Maltese literature plays an important role in the creative development of young students. It sheds light on their heritage, aids in their understanding of their native language and contributes to their unique identity in a way that international literature cannot. In an innovative approach to improving the teaching of Maltese literature, San Anton School organised a challenge revolving around a set of tasks relating to reading and writing called ‘L-Isfida Msella‘.

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4 Spooky Books for Kids to Read this Halloween

The Science of Monsters

Up until a few years ago, Halloween would come and go without a trace. But as October rolls around, the signs become clearer every year: pumpkins, witches’ hats and skeleton costumes seem to appear around every corner, and children’s schools may even join the fun by decorating classrooms with ghosts and spider webs.

There’s no doubt that children love Halloween, so we’ve put together a list of books to bring a little dose of spookiness and horror to their reading lists! 

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Dyslexia and the Reading Process

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There’s never a reason for dyslexic students to be left behind in the classroom. Now more than ever before, through developments in the field of education and technology, teaching methods can be tailored to help individual students overcome the difficulties they face in school and at home. 

Dyslexia is a common neurological condition, affecting approximately 15% of the global population. Stemming from the Greek words ‘dys’ (difficulty) and ‘lexis’ (language), people born with dyslexia often experience difficulty with word identification and reading. 

But the problems associated with dyslexia are only noticeable once a child starts learning to read, with common symptoms including difficulties in recognizing words, poor spelling and weak phonemic recognition.

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Why are Non-Fiction Books so Important for Children?

Hands-on learning: Explore the digital non-fiction collections available on Octavo. 

Great ideas are often sparked from ordinary moments, and creating an environment that stimulates learning among children can lead to wondrous discoveries.

The conversations we have, the media we consume and how we spend our free time can all help to shape how a child approaches learning. For example, by swapping the television time for non-fiction books, or using tablets and mobile devices to read instead of watching videos, children can expand their real-world knowledge and understand how the world works.

But there’s more to non-fiction than that. 

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How to Teach Children to Love Fiction

Book Cover of Biking for a Cause

Discover the Fiction Readers collection on Octavo

Works of fiction have always played an enormously important role for children. No matter their age, background or interests, developing a healthy imagination from our early years has proven to have many benefits, from encouraging children to dream big and aim high, to providing a healthy means of escape from daily stresses and pressures. Moreover, reading fiction has also been linked to boosting brain power, meaning that the more children read, the more stimulated their brains become. 

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How to Raise a Bookworm in the Digital Age

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In this day and age, many children and – let’s face it – parents, too, find reading to be more of a chore than a pleasure. But if you’re one of those parents who have fond childhood memories surrounding your favourite books and your weekly trips to the library, you would probably do anything to ensure your child can experience that same level of enjoyment through reading. 

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The importance of reading

Reading offers one the opportunity to learn from the experiences that writers choose to share with their readers. Moreover, reading can be of great benefit for one’s health because it stimulates the brain and keeps Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at bay. It also improves memory and helps with concentration, which is a skill that is lacking today in the world of internet, Twitter and short online posts.

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