Promoting reading at home is an important way that parents can help their child. Make sure your child has regular reading practice and check they understand what they read. Here are some more tips on helping your child with reading:
- when reading with your child, make the experience interactive – ask questions about the story, the pictures and what they think of the character. Click here for some questions you could ask your child about their reading (Click to view/print Reading Questions).
- try a range of texts i.e. fact books, comics and newspapers.
- use dictionaries together for difficult words – a picture dictionary can make exploring language more interesting for younger children
- enrol your child at the local library so they can try new books regularly
- keep an eye out for the themes that catch your child’s imagination, and help follow it up with more reading
- when you come across an unusual or funny-sounding word, help your child find out what it means
- encourage them to pick up other books around the house to boost familiarity with ‘grown-up’ language.
- encourage your child to write down thoughts on the books they have read by keeping a reading journal
- look for words in everyday life – read newspaper headlines, shop signs or menus in cafes
- let them see adults reading
- listen to story tapes