How to help my child with reading.
Reading is the key to almost all aspects of your child's learning. it underpins all other subjects and is arguably the most important skill we teach in school. The information here is to help you support your child at home. If you have any specific issues, please don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher.
Some useful hints and activities:
Engage your child with books that do not contain words. There are picture books suitable for age groups and they can generate fantastic conversation. Don't make the mistake of thinking that picture books are only appropriate for younger children.
Read aloud to your children. It is important that you model good reading techniques and help them to develop a love of good books.
When reading to your child - use expression and different voices for different characters. This not only brings a story to life but helps them to note the different characters and attitudes the author is trying to create.
Talk about the books you are reading with them as well as thier own reading books. Make them tell you what they think of the story line, the characters, the settings. Encourage them to justify their answers. Another useful suggestion is to ask them to predict what might happen and explain why they think this.
Use different text types when choosing reading material. Most of our children read significantly more fiction than nonfiction texts yet the assessments almost always include nonfiction texts.
As you are reading with your child, ensure they can see the text and can follow it. You may like to introduce a game where they read a section, then you read a section. One technique to achieve this is to ask your child to knock on the table when they want to change readers. This signals either they want you to take over, or they would like to take over.
When reading tricky texts - read small sections three times. The first time should be about pronouncing the word, the second about understanding and the third about fluency and expressions. Only after the third time of reading would you ask them questions about the material they have read.
Read in funny places - in a treehouse, up a hill, in the woods etc.
Read at different times of the day - bedtime is not always the best time to read.
Try to identify a particular author that they enjoy and find different books by the same person. You might even like to write to the author - many popular ones have websites with specific contact details.
When questioning your child about their books, it important to ask a range of questions. It is easy to think of closed questions but often you will encourage a lot more conversation and understanding if you use a range of open questions.
There are a huge number of books out there but it can be difficult to know which one to choose. There are lots of different websites that sill offer you suggestions. By clicking here, you will visit one such site. Please note that we are not endorsing this site or its content but it is a place where you can get a rough idea of age appropriate texts.