Reading at home
Reading at home is a very important part of teaching children to read and growing children's love of books.
The greatest gift you can give children is to read to them from a very early age …
- You don’t have to be an expert.
- There’s no magic in supporting children’s reading, just lots of patience, time and affection, plus a little skill.
- Be an actor!
- Look interested.
- If it’s a frightening book, look scared.
- If it’s funny, then laugh.
- If it’s a mystery book, look puzzled.
- Give the impression that you are happy as long as they are doing their best.
- Always end on a ‘high note’.
For other tips about reading at home please see the attached booklets:
Reading and writing activities you could do at home
It is very important that the work your child does at school is enriched by activities at home. All the children receive homework each week and topic homework for the half term, however there are also plenty of opportunities for you to enhance their learning at home through every day activities.
Some ideas ...
Follow a recipe together making
sure that your child is responsible
for reading the recipe accurately.
Ask your child to write an email to a relative
who lives abroad - they could do this regularly
in a diary style.
When you have been out and about
sit and write a poem with your child
about your activity.
Go to the shop and buy a magazine
or comic read these together and discuss
what you have read.
Write stores together at home - you could write
about anything that inspires your child - link to
events like bonfire night and Halloween.
Ask your child to help you write the
shopping list for the week - make
sure they do the writing!
Ask older children to read a bedtime story
to their younger brothers and sisters - they
could do this regularly.
Ask your children about the books they are
reading in school - be interested in what they
have to say and praise them.
Visit the library regularly choose
books with your children that interest
them or link to school work
You may find the following websites useful when supporting your child at home:
Spellings - Your child should have spelling and/or grammar homework each week - please ensure that you help your child with their homework and contact your child's class teacher if you have any questions about the work they have been given.
Reading - Each week your child is also expected to read their reading book - please make sure that you support your child with this either by listening to them read or, if they are an independent reader, asking them questions about what they have read - please see the booklet attached above for hints and tips for reading at home.