Dads spread the word on read­ing to kids

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

AQUINAS Col­lege Ju­nior School wel­comed dads to cam­pus this month as part of an an­nual read­ing event.

The Dad’s Read­ing Morn­ing was held at the col­lege on March 18 with stu­dents and fa­thers shar­ing sto­ries to­gether.

Aquinas Col­lege ju­nior school head Steven Males said the an­nual event was a great way to en­cour­age read­ing among stu­dents.

“When boys see their dads read­ing they are en­cour­aged to read them­selves,” Dr Males said. “Re­search shows a fa­ther’s read­ing habits can heav­ily in­flu­ence those of his son.”

Dr Males said the stu­dents en­joyed hav­ing their dads in the class­room to ex­pe­ri­ence the sto­ries with their peers.

“The Dad’s Read­ing Morn­ing is a great chance for dads to come into the class­room and in­ter­act with the stu­dents, shar­ing sto­ries from books and their own child­hoods,” he said.

Year 4 stu­dent Calder Lea shared sto­ries with dad David on Dads’ Read­ing Morn­ing.

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