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All​ ​early​ ​learning​ ​centres​ ​and​ ​primary​ ​schools​ ​across​ ​Australia​ ​are​ ​invited to​ ​participate in Kindergo’s PowerUp Reading Competition running this November.

The​ ​PowerUp​ ​Competition​ ​is​ ​ based​ ​around​ ​which​ ​school​ ​or early​ ​learning​ ​centre​ ​has​ ​clocked​ ​the​ ​highest​ ​number​ ​of​ ​reading​ ​hours​ ​during​ ​November using an​ ​exciting​ ​and​ ​interactive​ ​platform. ​The​ ​app​ ​has​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​track​ ​reading​ ​hours​ ​inside​ ​and​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​school​ ​with​ ​an​ ​online leader​ ​board​ ​viewable​ ​to​ ​all​ ​competing​ ​schools.

Cash​ ​prizes​ ​of​ ​$1,000,​ ​$500​ ​and​ ​$250​ ​will​ ​be​ ​offered​ ​to​ ​the​ ​schools with the highest reading hours.

Australian​ ​children’s​ ​author Dimity​ ​Powell ​believes​ ​the​ ​PowerUp​ ​reading​ ​competition​ ​will help​ ​children​ ​​reach​ ​into​ ​stories​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​with​ ​characters​ ​and​ ​to​ ​hopefully​ ​spark​ ​their imagination.​ ​

“​I​ ​think​ ​competitions​ ​like​ ​this​ ​one​ ​will​ ​empower​ ​kids​ ​to​ ​read,” Dimity says. “​Having accessibility​ ​to​ ​different​ ​styles​ ​of​ ​story​ ​and​ ​different​ ​levels​ ​of​ ​storytelling​ ​is​ ​great​ ​for​ ​kids.”

What is the Kindergo app?

The​ ​Kindergo​ ​app,​ ​launched​ ​on​ ​October​ ​7​ ​by​ ​Hon​ ​Leeanne​ ​Enoch,​ ​Queensland​ ​​Minister for​ ​Innovation,​ ​Science​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Digital​ ​Economy​,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​free​ ​children’s​ ​storytelling​ ​app designed​ ​and​ ​built​ ​in​ ​Queensland.​ ​It​ ​offers​ ​children​ ​access​ ​to​ ​high​ ​quality,​ ​curated​ ​books, beautifully​ ​designed​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​discoverable​ ​learning.

Minister​ ​Enoch​ ​explained​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of​ ​focussing​ ​on​ ​the​ ​early​ ​years​ ​of​ ​life​ ​when​ ​it comes​ ​to​ ​reading​ ​and​ ​brain​ ​development​ ​so​ ​children​ ​are​ ​gaining​ ​the​ ​vital​ ​skills​ ​to​ ​be successful​ ​in​ ​their​ ​future.

​“In​ ​the​ ​early​ ​years,​ ​children​ ​thrive​ ​on​ ​reading,​ ​but​ ​​there’s​ ​a​ ​period​ ​of​ ​time between​ ​about​ ​grade​ ​one​ ​and​ ​grade​ ​three​ ​where​ ​research​ ​says​ ​some​ ​of​ ​that​ ​enjoyment​ ​of reading​ ​drops​ ​off​ ​a​ ​little​ ​bit,” Minister Enoch says. “So​ ​when​ ​you​ ​see​ ​an​ ​app​ ​like​ ​this​ ​that​ ​is​ ​really​ ​bringing​ ​that​ ​great​ ​excitement​ ​about​ ​reading again​ ​for​ ​young​ ​people​ ​intersecting​ ​with​ ​technology​ ​in​ ​a​ ​way​ ​that​ ​our​ ​young​ ​kids​ ​expect these​ ​days,​ ​it’s​ ​very​ ​encouraging.”

The​ ​app​ ​also​ ​includes​ ​a​ ​​parent​ ​portal​ ​so​ ​parents​ ​and​ ​teachers​ ​can​ ​have​ ​an​ ​insight​ ​on​ ​a child’s​ ​reading​ ​habits,​ view​ ​their​ ​favourite​ ​books​ ​and​ ​see​ ​their​ ​progression​ ​throughout​ ​the app.

A​ ​lifetime​ ​subscription​ ​is​ ​on​ ​offer​ ​for​ ​those​ ​who​ ​sign​ ​up​​ ​for​ ​The​ ​Power​Up Reading​ ​Competition,​ ​perfect​ ​for​ ​​an​ ​audience​ ​hungry​ ​for​ ​more​ ​interactive​ ​screen​ ​time.

Schools​ ​can​ ​register​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Power​Up​ ​reading​ ​competition​ ​now​ ​by​ ​visiting www.kindergokids.com​.​

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