Reading at Home
Regular reading at home is another way you can support your child to become a confident, fluent reader. There are two strands to this:
Listening to your child read
Hearing your child read the book they have brought home from school will help to reinforce the work they have been doing in school either learning phonics or in lessons developing their fluency, accuracy and comprehension.
To check that your child fully understands what they are reading, ask them questions.
- What do you think is going to happen?
- What has happened so far?
- How do you think the story is going to end?
- Who is the main character?
- What kind of character are they?
- Who is your favourite character? Why?
- Which part of the story was the funniest? Scariest? Saddest? Happiest?
- Which part of the story is your favourite/least favourite part?
- Can you describe the setting of the story?
- What would you ask the main character from this story?
- How could the story have ended differently?
Reading to your child
There are many benefits, educational, social and emotional, of sharing stories with your children - whatever their age!
Reading and sharing stories can:
- Help your child get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills
- Learn to value books and stories
- Spark your child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity
- Help develop your child’s brain, ability to focus, concentration, social skills and communication skills
- Help your child learn about the world, their own culture and other cultures.
There are some useful hints and tips for reading with your child at home on this website: