What to do with this activity?
1. As you read with your child, it can be helpful to use the ‘before, during and after’ way of reading.
Before - look at the pictures and talk about what the book might be about.
During - try to work out new words but keep reading the story .
After - talk about what made it a good story and about the characters.
2. When your child asks what a word means, tell them. Later on, ask them to find it on another page. Connect it to things your child knows.
3. Listen to your child reading aloud in short regular sessions.
4. Be aware that when your child becomes a confident reader, they may like to read silently.
5. Before you buy or borrow a book ask your child to read the first page. Then they can see if they find it interesting, or if it's a bit too difficult.
Why am I doing this?
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.
How can I do more?
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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