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Make your home a reader-friendly place with plenty of books, magazines and newspapers for everyone.
Share with your child what you think about the characters in a book you are reading, or what you think about articles in magazines and newspapers. Your child will see you as a reader. If you don’t read much yourself, you can still talk positively about what your child is reading and ask them about it. Taking an interest and encouraging your child when they are reading is the most important thing.
Think of a time to set aside for reading during the day or evening, whenever it suits your family best. For instance, reading in bed is an enjoyable way to unwind before sleep. If your child asks for ten more minutes before the light goes out because they are coming up to a good bit in the book, you can celebrate.
Try to find reading material that suits your child's interests - whether it's sports related, or about pop stars, crafts, cars or whatever. And don't forget that your local library is free to join and has lots of books on every subject.
It’s important to encourage whatever reading your child is doing at this age. Children have their own interests and hobbies so they will be more inclined to read information about these subjects. Having comics, papers or magazines around the house will make it easier for your child to get into reading. Your child might find it appealing to read online and you might like that the book can be read by an automated voice. E books can be looked at when you are on the move, making sure that your child is careful with your computer or phone.
Your child might like to read a section of the newspaper or a magazine – the sports, fashion or cooking sections - depending on their interests. They might like to read a short piece from a newspaper and underline facts with a pen and opinion with a pencil. You can then talk about the difference between fact and opinion (there are good examples in sports writing). Encourage your child to read instructions for mending bikes, building models and playing new games.
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