What to do with this activity?
Have a look at "The children of Lir" e-book. It's a famous Irish legend, and is quite a sad story about children who were turned into swans by a jealous stepmother. You can read this story to your child, or press the play button on the left hand side and each sentence will be read out to you.
This ebook is from the www.askaboutireland.ie website which has other ebooks, songs and poems under "learning zone" and "Primary students" that you can download for free.
Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.
Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing.
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