What to do with this activity?
Try not to be judgemental about what your child is reading. If they enjoy comics or books from when they were younger, that’s fine. Reading is meant to be an enjoyable experience. Within reason, let your child choose what they want to read. Try not to be overly concerned about them reading ‘good books’ because you might put them off reading.
Some children really love reading at this age, and might read very long books. Other children don't really want to read much. It is important to encourage whatever reading they are doing.
Support them if they read a lot by providing fresh and interesting reading material. Encourage them if they are reluctant readers, and try to find reading material that will excite them. Look for books or magazines relating to their hobbies or interests, or books that tell the story of their favourite film.
Between the ages of 10-12 years there can be a lot of change and development of reading habits. If your child still enjoys it, you might like to read aloud to them sometimes.
Why am I doing this?
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.
How can I do more?
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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