Tips for Helping Your 

Child Read at Home

1.  Quiet time.

Choose a quiet time with nothing to disturb you. About 10 or 15 minutes is usually enough.

2. Have fun.

Make reading enjoyable. If your child is not keen then don't force them. If they lose interest while reading, find something else to do.

3. Keep it moving.

If your child makes a mistake do not interrupt immediately. Instead allow them to self-correct. If you think a word is too difficult for them, then tell them the word. If your child does try to 'sound out' words, encourage the use of letter sounds rather than 'alphabet names'.

4.  Be positive.

If your child says something nearly right to start with that is fine. Don't say 'No. That's wrong,' but 'Let's read it together' and point to the words as you say them. Boost your child's confidence with constant praise for even the smallest achievement.

5.  Success is important.

Try not to force progress by giving them a book that is too difficult. This can have the opposite effect to the one they are wanting. Remember 'Nothing succeeds like success'. Until they are more confident let them succeed with easier books. Struggling with a book with many unknown words is pointless and it may put them off reading.

6. Regular practice.

Try to read with your child on most school days. 'Little and often' is best.

7. Talk about the books.

There is more to being a good reader than just being able to read the words accurately. Always talk to your child about the book:

·       about the pictures

·       the characters

·       what will happen next?

·       their favourite part

·       why something happened

You will then be able to see how well they have understood.

8.  Variety is important.

Remember children need to experience a variety of reading materials e.g. picture books, comics, magazines, poems, information books and internet materials.