Reading information for parents
Reading with your child
Children need a range of reading materials and the home-reading books your child brings home will have been self-selected from a range of banded books they have been assessed in. These books will be at a carefully assessed instructional level . They will help them to be relaxed about reading and become more confident.
Before you read
Find time to talk about the book
Start with the title, look at the cover and briefly chat about what you might find inside.
As you read, encourage your child to predict what might happen next.
Use a dictionary or thesaurus and use it to check the meanings of new words.
Making mistakes when reading
If your child misreads a word without changing the meaning, e.g. ‘Dad’ for ‘Father’, accept it. If they hesitate, repeat a word or leave one out, say nothing provided the meaning is not lost.
If they say a word which does change the meaning, or they are simply stuck, you can help them by;
PAUSE to help them work out the new words.
PROMPT by using some of the techniques mentioned.
PRAISE them for trying whether they are right or wrong.
It is important to use as many clues as possible to help your child when they find something a bit difficult.
When you have finished reading
Encourage your child to retell the story you have just shared. This will give you an idea of how much they have understood. You can help them summarise and respond to the book by asking -What happened in the story? Does this remind them of anything in their lives or anything they have read before? Did they think the book was funny? Did they spot any interesting words and phrases? Did they enjoy the book? What might happen next? Would they recommend the book to a friend and why?
What else can your child read?
Encourage your child to pick the kinds of books or texts which she/he enjoys; reading is for pleasure!
“If you want your child to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want your child to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales” Albert Einstein.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
Useful reading links for parents
The Book Trust 100 best books for children aged 0-5years http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/booklists/241/
The Book Trust 100 best books for children aged 6-8years
The Book Trust 100 best books for children aged 9-11years
Free ebooks are available in Liverpool from Central Library
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