How to Help your Child with Reading
This page contains videos showing how you can help your child with their reading.
How can you help at home?
- Choose somewhere quiet and comfortable to read.
- 10 minutes quality time is much better than half an hour whilst you and your child are distracted by other things!
- Have plenty of books and reading material around. Let your child see you as a reader too.
- Have an alphabet frieze or sound chart on the wall which your child can refer to if they need it.
- Take control of the TV – (turn it off!)
Strategies and Reading Behaviours:
- Phonics First! Encourage children to sound out words using their phonics. Each child will have a reading target card relating to the book band they are reading. This tells the adult listening all the sounds and CEW they have been taught.
- Encourage them to use the picture clues – this isn’t cheating!
- Use the first sound in a word along with the picture to predict what unfamiliar words might be.
- Use the context of the text to help – what word might make sense here?
- Take turns reading – your child loves hearing you read too!
Important points to Remember:
- Allow your child to read to the end of the sentence without interrupting them.
- Share the title rather than asking them to read it if the words are unfamiliar or non-decodable.
- Alternate saying well done or that was good by telling your child specific points about what was good in their reading “I like the way …”
- Remember not to expect your child to work out a word that is not in their vocabulary.
- Alternate other reading strategies so your child has a variety of strategies to use.
- Reading with your child should be enjoyable for both you and your child – choose a time when you both feel relaxed and the reading does not feel like one more chore!
Some Useful Questions to Ask Whilst Your Child is Reading
- Why did you choose this book?
- What’s the title?
- Look at the cover, what do you think the story might be about?
- Do you know any of the characters/people in this story?
- Can you think of any other books you’ve read before that are like this one?
- If they have already started reading: What has happened so far in the story? What do you think is going to happen next?
- What sound does this letter/these letters make? (point to each sound within a word, working from left to right) What word do they make when you put them together?
- Can you see any clues in the picture that can help you work out a word?
- (cover up part of a word) what does this part on its own sound like? Piece together the rest of the sounds.
- Why do you think (character name) did that?
- Why do you think (event) happened?
- How do you think (character name) is feeling at the moment/ why?
- What do you think happens next?
- I wonder why the author used this word?
- Do you know what this word means? Can you think of another word that means the same? Can you use this word in your own sentence?
- Is this book as good as (name another book)? why?
- Did you enjoy this book? Why?
- What was your favourite part?
- Were you surprised by any part of the book?
- Choose a page and ask, What is happening in this picture?