Teaching Children Empathy Through Reading

empathyWe all know that reading every once in a while gives children a chance to gain literacy and fluency skills, opening their imagination to various fantasy worlds and encouraging them to use more complicated words in different contexts. But did you know it may also help to teach children empathy?

A study conducted from Cambridge University by professor of education Maria Nikolajeva has concluded that reading fiction gives young children fictitious situations in which they can develop and practise empathy. It also gives them an understanding of how other people feel and think.

Finding the right story is essential, as it needs to be a situation in which the children can put their own thoughts and feelings. For this reason, Jacqueline Wilson’s books are incredibly useful due to the way she writes about real life situations and issues from the point of view of young children. Jacqueline Wilson is famous for her gutsy character ‘Tracy Beaker’ and such books as ‘The Suitcase Kid’, ‘Four Children and It’ and ‘The Worry Website’

Young readers connect with the main characters in their story books, following their failures and successes, their wins and losses. They feel the same things as these characters, leading to an understanding of empathy. Empathy can be learned from a very young age in its most basic concept, but in order to gain a deeper understanding of empathy, you need to be able to get into the mind of another, and what better way to do this than with a good book?

Teaching Primary Children Code

As primary support teachers, we endeavour to teach our pupils a range of subjects designed to help give them a general understanding of the world we live in, while helping them to develop their own strengths and give them positive encouragement to continue to learn. Essential subjects include Maths, History and Languages, however Computer Science has taken a back seat in primary learning and it is becoming more important than ever that this is changed in our classes.

code-300x23215 years ago we were on the cusp of a technological revolution.

Information Technology started to creep into our everyday lives and although we as adults began to learn and incorporate IT into our daily routine, it has only garnered interest from younger children in the past few years, with the rise of mobile technology.

In order to ensure the future success of the technological age it is important that we teach young children Computer Science as soon as possible, as it opens up countless new job opportunities when you are Computer literate.

Plus, within Computer Science you will also gain a broader understanding of a number of other subjects including Literacy, Numeracy and the ability to express ourselves creatively.

Children are fast learners and are ready to absorb everything that comes their way. Why not introduce them into a world full of new opportunities with a comprehensive Computer Science course, even if it is just for one hour a week?