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Reading – 8 Things You Can Do Today To Help Your Child Read

You might be wondering how you can help your child become a better reader. Try any (or all) of these ideas today!

1. Read Aloud To Your Child – If there was only one thing you were allowed to do to help your child with reading, I would suggest reading aloud to your child. There are many, many skills your child can pick up through the simple joy of listening to you read a story.

2. Join A Library – Many good things happen at your local library. I take my little one to ‘Rhyme Time’ and older children can go to ‘Story Time’. It’s free and my Belle goes nuts for it! Libraries also have great reading environments set up – the one I go to has little reading hideaways, beanbags and peace and quiet. Oh, and a lot of books to choose from too!

3. Get Excited About Books – Children love to hear about things you like. Share with them the stories you loved as a child. If you get a chance enjoy a look through a bookshop. I generally find if I love a book, so will the children I read it to.

4. Talk About What You Have Read – Some of reading is about the words on the page, the other part is what you get from the text. Was it entertaining or did you learn something new? Share your interests with your child and let them know about the variety of things you can find in a book, magazine, website or other reading material. Talking about characters, events, ideas, facts and opinions are all part of your child’s reading development

5. Have A Variety of Reading Material Available At Home – This title sounds a bit fancy but it just means have lots of things around your house that your child can read. This can include magazines, comics, games instructions, recipes or even junk mail! Even if you have a reluctant reader they might like to study the toy catalogue!

6. Expect Your Child Will Read – Expectations are an interesting thing – quite often if we have an expectation, our children will meet them. This isn’t about pushing your child too hard, it’s about enabling your child to reach their potential. Unless there is some kind of difficulty (where you will adjust your expectations appropriately) believe that your child will learn to read.

7. Set Up A Great Reading Environment – This will mean different things for different households. Some children will like a specific reading area, others will love a comfy couch, others will like bold colours and loud music, others will like a calm, soothing room. Whatever your family likes, involve everyone, set it up and get reading!

8. Have A Language Rich Environment – Have lots of word and letters of the alphabet up around your home. This can mean having an alphabet chart, or leaving notes on the fridge for your child to read. It can mean having words up around your house or pointing out the writing on the back of a cereal box – it’s all letters and words! The more your child sees it, the better chance they have of learning it.

Happy Reading!





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