We have recently purchased a new Home Reading Scheme to help parents support their child’s reading at home. The new books are modern and up to date and will replace the old Ginn scheme which has served us well but was beginning to look a little dated!
The new books should be coming home with your child very soon. Please look after these books, as they are very expensive to replace.
We hope you will make time to enjoy these books with your child as reading is such a vital skill and should be encouraged as much as possible.
Tips for reading with your child at home:
Tip 1: It’s still good to share
As your child gets older, it might get increasingly difficult to make time for the ‘bedtime reading experience’ now but it’s still really useful and enjoyable; reading to your child, listening to your child read, leaving them to read alone and listening to audio books are all valuable. Try to chat informally about reading and swap ideas about good reads – no pressure!
Tip 2: Keep opening up the world of reading
Share the variety of your reading with your child: books, magazines, websites, and apps, to show how reading can help you to follow your interests and to get involved. Help them to join blogs, online communities and clubs that link to their hobbies whether it’s swimming, football, dance or music.
Tip 3: Reading between the lines
Listening to your child read is the first step, the second, and most important, point of reading together is a discussion to find out how much they understand about what they have just read. Talking about stories, poems and information books can help your child to understand a book in different ways. It’s not just about what’s happened or who did what, so talk about the issues, what a book means to your child and whether they think there are any less obvious meanings that the author wants us to spot.
Tip 4: Research for homework
Encourage your child to research topics currently being covered in school (information about current topics can be found in the Curriculum Handbooks for each year group), talk to them about how they will tackle the task. Remind them to look in books and use the library as well as the internet. Talk to them about how you decide what to use and what to reject – as well as how you know how to trust sources.
Tip 5: Valuing choice but nudging forward
It continues to be really important to value your child’s choices even when it wouldn’t be your first choice. Children enjoy reading series of books, such as Beast Quest, or Rainbow Fairies, or books by one author, e.g. Jacqueline Wilson or Tom Gates, and these really help with their reading pace and stamina. However, over time it’s a good idea to try to gently move them on to keep their reading experience fresh and broad. And don’t forget the classics – books such as The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis and modern classics such as the Harry Potter books are ideal too.
Tip 6: Reading clubs and groups
Show your child that there are opportunities to share reading ideas and recommendations – and the excitement of reading – through a variety of clubs, groups, festivals, etc. Many of these are online, such as Chatterbooks but you can also visit your library and bookshop for information.
BUT MOST OF ALL MAKE IT A RELAXING AND ENJOYABLE TIME SPENT WITH YOUR CHILD.