Helping Your Child to Read

Find time each day to listen to your child read and to read to your child.
Let your child know you enjoy this time
Make sure you show interest in your child’s reading, they will quickly sense if you get impatient or seem bored
 
Make sure you let your child see the pictures. Pictures give important information about the story.
 
If your child seems tired or distracted, share the reading for that day - you read one page; your child reads one page
 
Even if your child does not bring home a book, read something with your child. Maybe a public library book, a book they have had before, the TV guide.
 
Reading to children helps them learn to read. Don’t forget rhymes and poems. Don’t make your child read parts of this book; let them enjoy listening to you read. Read in your own language if you prefer.
 
Don’t let the reading time go on too long - 10 minutes is plenty of time for reading at the stage your child is at.
If your child is older, do two or three 10 minute readings.
 
Be patient, give your child time to work out a word. After about 5 seconds encourage them by asking
  • “What does it start with?”
  • “Have a go.”                                   
  • “Look at the picture.”
  • “What sound does it start with?”
  • (for older children) “Read the sentence again and see if you can work it out.”
If your child makes a mistake don’t correct them straight away, let them carry on reading and see if they can correct it themselves.
If they don’t realise they have made a mistake give them a prompt
  • “Did that sound right?”
  • “Try that again.”
Remember to always talk about the book whatever level your child is at.
Talk about
  • what you can see on the cover
  • what the book might be about
  • what is in the pictures
And when you finish reading what happened in the story.
 
Always finish with praise
  • “What good reading today”
  • “I really enjoyed the story today”
  • “I can’t wait until you read to me again”