LEARN THE NEWS
In the news last week, did you hear about the wild bull that ran loose through an airport in Viet Nam? Or about the man from China who travelled to the London Olympics pulling a rickshaw? Your kids would have known about these and other fascinating stories if they had checked out “Learn the News”.
Learn the News presents world news stories in language that primary school children – and other readers – can easily read and understand. It was developed by a South African reporter who originally started making a newspaper for his own children in 2005. In addition to the news stories themselves, it also extracts educational value from the news with downloadable math and literacy worksheets that accompany their stories.
Stories are presented so as to cater for readers of different levels of literacy. A story is presented first in bold type and in language much like that of a young child’s bedtime story. If necessary, slightly more sophisticated language follows, in italics, for the benefit of older children for whom the worksheet might be written. Lots of interesting, family friendly news here, with a world perspective not found in US media. If you wish, you can subscribe to the site (there’s no charge) to get access to past issues and downloads. Check it out!