Reading With Your Child

Your child will bring home reading books from school which are at an appropriate level for their reading ability. On a Friday they will bring home a Read Write Inc book which is linked to their weeks lessons. This is returned on a Monday morning. On Tuesday, your child will take home an Oxford Reading Tree book either fiction or non-fiction matched to their reading level. Each week during their regular library slot the children select a book that interests them from our well-resourced library. It is vital that you read regularly with your child to help them to progress with their reading. Please write in your child’s reading record book when you read with them. This allows teachers to work more closely with you to help improve your child’s reading. Below are some hints to help you when reading with your child:

  • If possible find a quiet place away from other interruptions.
  • Be a role model and handle books carefully
  • Spend a few minutes discussing the blurb and front cover of the book – what do you think this book is about?
  • Help and support your child to decode an unknown word (sound it out) rather than telling them the word straight away. Give them time to do this.
  • If your child is still struggling then take over the reading yourself but let the class teacher know.
  • Ask your child questions to check their understanding of the text. For example, why do you think that the character said that? Which words show you that the character was feeling angry? What do you think will happen next? What was the character thinking when this happened?
  • Discuss whether you both liked the book and why.
  • Remain positive and encouraging, giving lots of praise.
  • Feel free to read other books with your child as well. Joining the local library will allow you access to a wide range of books for free.

Reading to and with your child is an enjoyable and positive experience. Talking about the things you read such as books, newspapers, recipes, instructions and shopping lists demonstrates that reading is a meaningful, useful activity. Ensure that your child knows you value reading – let them see you reading too!