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Week 8, Term One, 2020

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In these times, the team here at the Knowledge and Information Precinct (KIP) have compiled a list of online resources that everyone can access at home and do what we love most…read!

For our friends in the ELP, we encourage parents to access Storybox Library. If you are not already familiar with this website, it is a beautiful collection of local authors’ and illustrators’ stories being read aloud mainly by storytellers from Australia and New Zealand. To access the College’s Storybox Library account, visit the Storybox website. Password details for log in can be found here from the Information Services tile on Schoolbox.

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Another fantastic resource for younger children, although very much enjoyed by older kids and adults alike, is Vooks. You may visit the website as well as download the app to enjoy a safe, ad-free streaming library of read-aloud animated storybooks. Vooks is currently offering one month free to all families. We cannot recommend this engaging and educational tool enough!

When reading with your child, we encourage you to ask questions at various points throughout the book as this helps to promote critical thinking skills, creativity and connection with the characters which ultimately builds empathy and kindness towards others. Click HERE for the link that offers some questions that you can ask your child when reading together.

For our more mature readers, please remember to visit the Information Services page on Schoolbox to access our wide range of audiobooks and eBooks. You will need to download ‘ePlatform’ by Wheelers Books on your device. Instructions on Schoolbox are quick and easy to follow. Students from Years 1 to 12 will use their normal College username and password to access.

Our Gold Coast City Council Libraries have a wealth of online resources for children including Ziptales and Overdrive Kids. Membership is free and there is no minimum age to join. For older children and adults, we recommend the Libby app.

We hope that you find the abovementioned links and apps useful now and well into the school year.

Happy reading!

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