It is always exciting when your child comes home with their first reading book but reading at home can seem a bit daunting at first so here are some tips to get you started!
Make a nice quiet spot where you can read. It’s very important that the television and all electronics are turned off (especially mobile phones: children really lose concentration if you are distracted by a phone!)
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader. ” Margaret Fuller
Make it short and sweet. Ten minutes a day can work wonders. Little and often is definitely the key for improving reading in young children.
Try and read every day as this really does make all the difference (or a least every school night if weekends are busy).
“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.” May Ellen Chase
Pick a time of day that suits you as a family. Some children are too tired in the evening and it suits them better to read in the morning whereas others are better straight after school.
Try using a 5 minute sand timer and turn it over to make 10 minutes, this way your child can see clearly how long they will be reading for.
In the early stages of reading when children are sounding out words it is really helpful if they point to the words (You can decorate a lolly stick and make it into a ‘special pointy stick’ or put a little sticker on their ‘pointy finger’ so they remember to point and follow the words).