It is so important that parents support their children by hearing them read on a near daily basis. Children can only make progress in reading with such support. When hearing your child read, try the following approach:
* Before beginning, go through the book, look at any illustrations and discuss what might happen in the story. Say tricky words that children will have to read, e.g. “Look at that big tortoise in the picture”. This will help children later.
* Whilst reading, if your child gets stuck, try these methods:
- Sound out words phonetically: c-a-t = cat,
sh-o-t = shot, h-oo-d = hood, l-ou-d = loud,
r-ou-n-d = round, p-r-ou-d = proud;
- Use the pictures as prompts for tricky words;
- Encourage your child to read in context, e.g. “The dog was hungry so he ate the b__” (bone).
* When you have finished reading, ask your child about what they have read. Get them to talk about what has happened so that they can develop their comprehension skills. Ask them about how certain characters might be feeling in the story. Ask them how they know, where in the text does it give this information?
* Go over any words that your child got stuck on. Get them to read the words again, individually.
* School staff will be checking on a weekly basis that children have been reading regularly at home. I have asked teachers to contact parents if children are not being heard or, for our older children, they are not reading to themselves at home. Even Year 5 and 6 children can be heard read or why not discuss their book with them? Nothing beats sharing a book.