Help with Reading

What can you do at home? 

  • Ensure your child reads/is read to, every day.
  • 10-15 minutes is a recommended time to both read and discuss a text.
  • Record any reading/communication in your child’s diary. This is a vital source for communication between you and the class teacher. 


  1. Give children a variety of reading opportunities, for example, as well reading a book from the school reading scheme, why not read a magazine together, or look through a recipe book. Remember, let them hold the book and keep on praising them – boost their confidence! 
  2. Read anything which your child enjoysTexts come in all sorts of unusual forms – comics, magazines, internet sites, manuals, recipes!! Non-Fiction or fiction - it all helps! 
  3. Read e-books – 
  4. Reading should be a pleasurable experience, so find the right place to read. 
  5. Create the correct atmosphere for reading – relaxed and comfortable. 
  6. Model – read yourself. Children love to be read to and they need to see reading as something we can enjoy at any stage in our lives. 
  7. Visit your local library– It’s Free!!!

When reading to your child:

  1. Miss out words to check they are following and ask them to fill in the gaps. 
  2. Link words to pictures. 
  3. Put expression into your reading – even act out a scene. 
  4. Ask them questions to check their understanding of the text – can they recall certain parts and find the evidence in the book? Become ‘text detectives’ together! 
  5. Ask them to give an opinion about what they are reading, and remember, offer your opinion as well; this will create wonderful discussion! 

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