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Listening to your child read

Helping your child should be fun. Choose a time when you can relax and enjoy reading together. 

  • Create a calm environment by finding somewhere comfy and quiet to sit 
  • Look and sound positive as you listen to your child
  • Talk about the book before, during and after your child has read to you. 

Questions you could ask

Talking about books is a great way to make connections and develop understanding. 

  • What do you think the book is about?
  • Who is the author?
  • Who was your favourite character? Why?
  • What is happening in this picture?
  • Why do you think that has happened?
  • What do you think will happen next?

Helping your child to Read

Thank you for reading this information. 

Reading to your child and listening to them read will really help your child to flourish. Reading helps your child’s wellbeing, develops imagination and has educational benefits too. Just a few minutes a day can have a big impact on children of all ages.

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Reading Records

At the end of the session, write a small comment about your child’s reading in their yellow reading record. Mention what they did well and what they found challenging. Let your child know what you are writing.

If you have any worries about your child’s reading, please talk to your child’s teacher.

We can:

  • offer reassurance and advice
  • suggest reading activities to do at home
  • support teaching letter sounds at home
  • target any extra adult support we may have at school to help support your child

How can you help your child at home?

  • Encourage your child to read every day. Keep reading times short and fun. Just a few minutes a day really does make a difference. 
  • Still read to your child every day. Stories matter and children love hearing stories again and poring over the pictures. Non-fiction books can also be great to share and children enjoy finding out facts about topics that interest them.
  • Present reading as a treat! It’s a special time to snuggle up and enjoy a story. 
  • Make reading part of your routine. 
  • Take your child to the library. It is free and fun for children of all ages. 
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Reading Strategies

  • Look at the first letter
  • Use phonics - Sound out each sound and blend them together
  • Look for smaller words within word 
  • Be patient - give your child time to work out the word
  • Read the rest of the sentence to see what makes sense
  • If they are still struggling, it’s fine to read them the word!
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