19th March 2014
It is important that your child is reading at home and that they are getting lots of practice with reading.
Here is some information to help support your child’s reading at home.
1. Always make sure it is fun and enjoyable: the books that your child brings home have been selected so that your child can read them independently or with some support from their teacher or yourself. If the books are too hard to read each night for your child then you can talk to their teacher about this, as the books the children are reading at home have been read in the class with the teacher or are books that your child should find easy to read at home.
2. Let the child take ownership of their reading: your child should be the one holding the book and reading the book to you. They should be able to discuss with your what has happened in the story before they read to you or after the reading. If your child is reading at level 3 or higher they no longer need to be using their finger to point at the words while reading. This only makes their reading slower and then makes them focus on the words rather than reading for meaning.
3. Reading should be smooth and phrased: encourage your child to be reading as if they were talking to you or telling you a story. Their reading should sound smooth and phrased not slow or word by word. A good way to describe this is to say “read like a story-teller”.
4. What to do when children don’t know a word: If children get stuck on a word they should be attempting to solve or decode the word while reading. This can be done by looking at the pictures, re-reading the sentences, looking at the letters of the word and sounding it out or looking at parts of the words such as blends or chunks they know. If the child is unable to decode the word it is ok to tell them word as long as they have first attempted to solve the word. (For names of characters or people in the story it is ok to tell your child this if they have forgotten, as names can be hard to decode).
5. Asking questions about the story: It is important that your child is understanding what they are reading, so it is important to ask questions about the story. This can be done while reading or at the end of the story. 1-5 questions is more than enough to be asking your child.
Below is some examples of questions you could ask:
Who are the main characters in the story?
What were the main things that happened in the story?
Which part did you like most? why?
Which part didn’t you like? why?
If you could give this story another title what would it be?
What would be another solution to the problem in this story?
Are there any new words you hadn’t seen?
What could be another ending to this story?
I hope this is information is helpful for you with your child’s reading at home. Please see your child’s teacher or myself for any questions regarding their reading or for additional support that we can offer for you at home.
Mr Norman (Syndicate Leader)