1. Choose a quiet time.
Ten to fifteen minutes is usually long enough with no distractions. Turn off the radio and TV.
2. Read every day and make it fun.
Listen to your child read every day and read to your child every day, at bedtime, over breakfast etc. Use different voices when reading.
3. Maintain the flow.
With early readers encourage your child to point to the words as they read. If they mispronounce a word give them time to self correct. Sometimes it is better to keep the flow of reading going by giving your child the word rather than them trying to sound it out.
4. Be positive.
Boost your child’s confidence with constant praise for having a go, especially when reading new words. Use a chart to tick each time you read together. Reward the reading at the end of each week.
5. Success is the key.
Do not give your child a book that is too difficult. Success leads to success. If it is too hard the understanding is lost and children become reluctant readers.
6. Visit the library or charity shops.
A new book every week (which probably won't set you back more than 30p or so) is a wonderful reward, a great trip out, the child can choose and it is all part of the reading experience.
Report on progress in the school reading diary. Your child
will know that you are interested in their progress and
8. Talk about books.
Always talk to your child about the book; about the
pictures, the characters, how they think the story will end,
their favourite part. You will then be able to see how well
they have understood and you will help them to develop
good comprehension skills.
9. Variety is important.
Remember children need to experience a variety of reading
materials eg. picture books, hard backs, comics, magazines,
poems, and information books.
10. Play word games on the go.
In the car, restaurants, waiting rooms... - I spy; word
association (first word you think of when I say ‘cat'); make a
sentence using each letter in turn of the car registration
plate in front.