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Reading for Fun
Try to read with your child for 10 to 15 minutes on most school days and let it be an enjoyable shared experience!
Show an interest in whatever they are reading and tell a child unknown words to maintain the flow rather than trying to build them all up from the sounds of the letters. If there are more than 5 unknown words on a page, the book may be too hard for your child to appreciate the story.
Boost your child's confidence with constant praise for even the smallest achievement. Giving a child a book that is too difficult can have the opposite effect to the desired progression. Build up his or her confidence with easier books. The ability to enjoy a story that can be read easily will encourage a child to want to read more, and ever more challenging, books.
Read aloud; it is a great tool for perfecting understanding, improving vocal expression, appreciating punctuation and gaining confidence.
Write a positive comment in your child's school reading/homework diary. This will let your child know that you are interested in their progress and that you value reading. It is also a useful home/school communication tool, so put in any concerns you may have too.
Talk to your child about their book, about the pictures, the characters, how they think the story will end, their favourite part. This will demonstrate their understanding and will help them to develop good comprehension skills.
Children of all ages love to listen to someone else reading to them, switch roles occasionally!
- Model reading stories
- Visit the library and encourage your child to choose a book
- Read together in a comfortable, relaxed environment encouraging use of strategies
- Give your child time to work out a tricky word / question themselves
- Ask comprehension questions as your child reads
- Reading should be a positive experience and not a chore!
Examples of question prompts when reading with your child:
- What does … mean?
- What happened at … ?
- Which word or phrase told you that … ?
- Describe …
- Where did … go ?
- Which paragraph tells you … ?
- How did … ?
- Why did … ?
- What is the purpose of … ?
- Why did the author choose to … ?
- Why does the author use … ?
- How did you know … ?
- How do you feel about … happening?
- Which character did you like best? Why?
- What do you think might happen next?
- What could be an alternative ending?
- How should that word be read?
- What technique is the author using?
- Give two pieces of evidence that …
- Where else have you seen this?