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West Didsbury CE Primary School

West Didsbury CE Primary School

Top tips to support your child reading at home

Many parents ask us how they can best support their child at home with reading, so we have put together some useful top tips to help you. 

Should the books be easy or difficult?

The books that children bring home to read should be at a slightly lower level than what they are reading in the classroom. It is meant to be an enjoyable experience for both parents and their children.  If your child is getting stuck on every second word, then the book is too hard for them. This can get frustrating for both you and your child which is not setting them up for a positive experience.

Make it Routine

  • Find a quiet, comfortable spot that is the go-to reading spot with your child.  Choose a time and place that works for you. Some parents do first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

Take Regular Breaks

  • Your child doesn't need to read the whole book in one go. Any time spent reading and sharing a book is beneficial. Reading takes up a lot of mental energy, so regular breaks gives children the chance to slowly build the mental stamina they need. Soon they will be able to read for longer stretches of time.

Make it Enjoyable!

  • Reading is meant to be a fun, enjoyable time with your child. If they are finding the book too hard, or they are too tired, then read a page each. Ask your child to follow your reading and make mistakes for them to correct.  

Ease Into The Book

  • Ask your child some questions before they start reading, this will ease them into the book.  Here are some examples of what you could ask:
    • What do you think this book is about? Why?
    • Do you think this is a fiction or non-fiction book? Why?
    • Can you read the title? Does this give you some more clues?
    • What can you notice about the picture on the front of the book?

Read the book again

  • Encourage your child to read the book again. This encourages fluency, rehearsal of the text and builds up sight vocabulary.