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The Salmon of Knowledge is a famous Irish story about wisdom and chance. See the "The Salmon of Knowledge" e-book from the Ask About Ireland website. You can read this to your child, or press the play button on the left hand side and each sentence will be read out to you. Depending on your child's reading skill, you can choose an easier or more difficult version of the book.
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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