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What can I do to help my child?

Reading as often as possible with your child and talking to them about what they have read are equally important elements of reading. Their comprehension (understanding of what they have read) is just as important as how fluent they are. Ask them questions about what they have read. Questions such as:

  • What was your favourite bit/character?
  • Why do you think the story ended that way?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • Is this book like any others we have read?
  • Why was the character happy/sad?
  • How did the book make you feel?

When sharing a new book at home, children will normally begin by reading a lot of the text by decoding and blending the sounds together to read the words. You may find that your child recognises some key words by sight in their new book. When your child has read all of their book, they should next work on their comprehension skills e.g. have they understood what they have read on each page? Can they answer specific questions linked to the text? The final stage when reading a new text, is developing fluency and expression. Can your child develop their reading skills further to read more words by sight? Can they add expression to their reading too? It is important to remember not to rush through new text, as there are many skills children develop when reading a new book a number of times.

What can I do to help my child?

Reading as often as possible with your child and talking to them about what they have read are equally important elements of reading. Their comprehension (understanding of what they have read) is just as important as how fluent they are. Ask them questions about what they have read. Questions such as:

  • What was your favourite bit/character?
  • Why do you think the story ended that way?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • Is this book like any others we have read?
  • Why was the character happy/sad?
  • How did the book make you feel?

When sharing a new book at home, children will normally begin by reading a lot of the text by decoding and blending the sounds together to read the words. You may find that your child recognises some key words by sight in their new book. When your child has read all of their book, they should next work on their comprehension skills e.g. have they understood what they have read on each page? Can they answer specific questions linked to the text? The final stage when reading a new text, is developing fluency and expression. Can your child develop their reading skills further to read more words by sight? Can they add expression to their reading too? It is important to remember not to rush through new text, as there are many skills children develop when reading a new book a number of times.


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