5 Creative Ways to Use Octavo in the Classroom

We all know that reading is one of the most rewarding exercises that children can engage in, but how can teachers make even the most stubborn readers find joy in their books?

It all begins in the classroom: If a student enjoys reading in class when it’s combined with a series of fun activities, it’s more likely that they will look forward to reading at home too! In this guide, we will be sharing 5 creative activities that teachers can use in the classroom to make reading more fun for their students using a digital reading platform, which will allow you to check that your students are actually reading!

For more info on how this works – check out our recent guide on how to view your students’ portfolios.

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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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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

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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