Tips For Reading With Your Child

What you can do at home.

Infants/1st

1. Read to your child as often as you can.2. Talk about books / characters / plots.

3. Enrol your child in the local library.

4. Provide a good role model by reading yourself / other family members.

5. Keep audio tapes of familiar stories to play in the car.

6. Vary the type of books read – stories / poems / information.

7. Accept your child’s efforts with praise.

8. Concentrate on what he /she got right.

9. Make reading together enjoyable.

10. Take part in school based initiatives like ‘Shared Reading’.

2nd - 4th

1. Continue to read to your child everyday.

2. Read some of the books your child enjoys so you can discuss them with him/her.

3. Encourage your child to read to younger brothers/ sisters.

4. Ensure that your child knows that you value and enjoy reading yourself.

5. Make sure there is a wide variety of reading material in your home – newspapers, magazines, information, cookery books etc.

6. Enrol and encourage your child to visit the local library once a week…

7. Discuss favourite authors.

8. Encourage your child to read articles / headlines in newspapers.

9. Encourage your child to guess unknown words.

10. Take part in school based initiatives like ‘Shared Reading ’

5th - 6th

1. Encourage your child to visit the local library asoften as possible.

2. Recognise and praise your child’s efforts in reading.

3. Ensure your child has access to a wide range of reading material – newspapers, magazines, guides etc.

4. Take an interest in different children’s authors.

5. Discuss ideas and points of view proposed by newspaper articles etc.

6. Provide a well lit study / reading area.

7. Ensure that you value and enjoy reading yourself.

8. Allow your child to choose his /her own reading material.

9. Encourage your child to read for information – timetables / weather forecasts / menus

10. Encourage your child to try and guess unknown words.