Tips for reading with your child
Helping your child with reading at home helps them to make more progress at school.
Choose a time that suits you both, but be realistic! Three quality times a week can be enough to make a difference.
When hearing your child read always remember, To talk about the book before you read it, perhaps looking at the cover and illustrations.
Share the reading with your child and model sentences for them, changing your voice for key characters.
- You could take turns at reading a page each.
- Give your child time to work out tricky words and model sounding out with them.
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- Praise your child if they read correctly.
- Praise your child for having a good try, even if they got it wrong.
- Always try to make reading fun.
- Never make reading a test!
Tips on reading to your child
Reading to your child is just as important as hearing your child read.
When you read to your child you are showing them:
- That you think reading is important.
- How to read with expression.
- That you also enjoy reading.
You do not always have to read school books with your child.
You might consider:
- Fiction books bought from a book shop or chosen from the local Library.
- Recipe books
- Football programmes
- Joke books
- Cartoon books/comics
- ‘BBC Newsround’ or other internet sources.
- Non-fiction books on any subject that your child is interested in, such as: (animals/sports/history/geography/art/cars/ music etc.)
Read to your child as often as you can and share reading experiences. Talk as you read and explore questions together.
Tips for paired or buddy reading
Paired or buddy reading is where an adult and child read aloud together the words of a book.
If your child is finding reading difficult or frustrating, paired reading is a good way to read together.
- Look through the book and talk about it together.
- You start reading and ask your child to point at the words as you read.
- After a couple of pages ask your child to read aloud with you.
- If your child makes a mistake, point at the word and say it correctly, then read on together.
- If your child feels confident he or she may like to do some reading on their own. Let your voice fade out so that only the child is reading.
- If they hit a difficulty, start reading with them again.