Help with Reading
What can you do at home?
- Ensure your child reads/is read to, every day.
- 10-15 minutes is a recommended time to both read and discuss a text.
- Record any reading/communication in your child’s diary. This is a vital source for communication between you and the class teacher.
- Give children a variety of reading opportunities, for example, as well reading a book from the school reading scheme, why not read a magazine together, or look through a recipe book. Remember, let them hold the book and keep on praising them – boost their confidence!
- Read anything which your child enjoys. Texts come in all sorts of unusual forms – comics, magazines, internet sites, manuals, recipes!! Non-Fiction or fiction - it all helps!
- Read e-books – www.oxfordowl.co.uk
- Reading should be a pleasurable experience, so find the right place to read.
- Create the correct atmosphere for reading – relaxed and comfortable.
- Model – read yourself. Children love to be read to and they need to see reading as something we can enjoy at any stage in our lives.
- Visit your local library– It’s Free!!!
When reading to your child:
- Miss out words to check they are following and ask them to fill in the gaps.
- Link words to pictures.
- Put expression into your reading – even act out a scene.
- Ask them questions to check their understanding of the text – can they recall certain parts and find the evidence in the book? Become ‘text detectives’ together!
- Ask them to give an opinion about what they are reading, and remember, offer your opinion as well; this will create wonderful discussion!