We are often asked by parents how they can help their child when they sit down to read each night as part of the Learning @ Home activities. We thought these little tips and tricks might help to answer some of these questions and support a love of Reading in your home.
When your child comes across a tricky word, rather than jumping in and telling them the correct word, you can use some targeted questions to help your child to decode the word for themselves. Try asking;
- What can you see in the picture?
- What word might make sense?
- What would sound right?
- What letter do you see?
- What would you hear?
After reading a book together, it is really powerful to discuss the events from the text to support your child’s understanding of the story, (we call this comprehension). You can start by asking your child recall questions like;
- What happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story?
- What was the problem in the story?
- How was the problem solved?
- Where did the story take place?
If your child has a strong ability to recall events from the text you might like to discuss more challenging questions such as;
- What is the author’s message or what are they trying to tell us?
- Who were the characters in the story? How is the character feeling? How do you know that? What clues did the author give us?
Most importantly, reading at home is all about having fun! By reading at home children are supported to develop a passion and confidence for literature. You may find that the reader coming home to your child appears to be too easy for them. However, we do this to help build a child’s confidence, enjoyment for reading and support their ability to read texts fluently. If you have any questions about how to support your child further with reading don’t hesitate to speak to your classroom teacher.