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"No tricks Gran!" is a free e-book from the Oxford Owl website. You can access this story, and lots of other free ebooks once you register with Oxford Owl (email address and password required). Just press "log in" then "register with us" and follow the instructions.
There is the option of having the book read out to you, or read it aloud yourself. Talk with your child about the story and pictures.
In "No tricks Gran!", these are the focus words that your child will practise: "box", "quick", "night", "groan", "hurt", "arm".
Once you are registered with Oxford Owl, search for "No tricks Gran!" under the 5-6 age group.
The written word is everywhere and by pointing out words around you everyday, your child will realise the usefulness of reading and how it brings information and knowledge of the wider world into your lives.
Reading together shows your child that you think reading is important. It helps your child to link the words on the page to how they are spoken and to begin to recognise words.
Encourage your child to read by giving them books or information about what they are interested in, for example, if they are interested in cars, give them books about cars – it’s a great motivator. Use comics, magazines and newspapers to provide lots of new words and facts. Your child can use the pictures for information about the words they are reading.
Read longer books to your child. This will help with memory.
You could do ‘paired reading’ – your child chooses a book or comic to read.
- At first, both of you read aloud together. When the child is ready, they carry on reading alone.
- If they don’t know a word, you say it for them and both of you continue to read together until they are ready to read alone again.
- No pressure is made to get them to read by themselves. They only do it when they are ready. This is useful with older children when they find text books difficult.
Your child might like to practise their reading skills by reading to younger children.
Discuss with your child’s teacher if they are having difficulty reading.
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