Parents and School on the same side
Getting children to read is a team effort; we are all part of the same team that want to do the best for your child.
An Early Start is recommended;
Many parents buy books to enjoy with their toddlers. There are picture books, that have simple story lines, and even ones that have flaps to open and noises to listen to. Children adore these and they are a brilliant start.
Children who have had books read to them will be much more inclined to pick up one for themselves. It is useful to read to children as part of the bedtime routine. Children learn so much from being read to. As much as they love listening to the repetition of a well-loved book, the choice of something older and more exciting can stimulate the imagination, encourage the use of vocabulary and even help them understand grammar and the use of punctuation. It is good for children to occasionally choose a book that is too hard for them to read for themselves. It can make the experience different, more exciting and will hopefully spur them on to improve their own reading skills. Just by reading a short chapter, or even half a chapter, a night can fire a lifelong love of reading. If there really isn't time audio books can be an option. There are some wonderful stories beautifully read by some fantastic actors and actresses and can be listened in the car, during supper or later on in bed.
Stories are fun and if you can read together it is good that you have something exciting to talk about. Which bit did they like the best? Did any of it make them laugh? Would they have preferred a different ending?
Each time you start reading or listening to an audio book, ask if your child can remember what happened last time. This will not only keep a child's interest in the story line, but also increase their anticipation for what will follow.
Find a cosy place to read:
There is a reason why many people like to curl up in a soft chair or to read in bed. It's warm, it's comfortable and it feels safe. This is the same reason the first story-telling programme on the radio always started with: "Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin."
Lead and read, by example:
If there are books in the house, children will pick them up. Children do like to copy adults and those who see adults reading will be much more likely to want to read themselves. Taking books on holiday and finding time to read them is a useful strategy.
Are you a member of our local library:
They have hundreds of books to suit all tastes and ages. They are laid out in such a way to encourage children to pick them up, open them up and get stuck in. Steer the reluctant reader towards books that will make them laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine as having fun will increase your child's appetite and willingness to read.
We also have many online books on our Bug Club ask your teacher if you have run out of books on your shelves.
Pass the envelope game: Choose a small group of reluctant readers. Seat them in a circle. Give them an envelope and as them to pass it around the circle until you say stop or play music and when it stops. The person holding the envelope must open it, read the instruction and act it out. The instruction can be as long or short as you like. Anything from "Smile" to "Stand up, turn around, hop three times on one leg and sit down again." Repeat with as many envelopes as you like.
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