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Reading at home

How to help your child with their reading at home:
  • Take a picture walk through the book before attempting to read, drawing your child’s attention to particular things which may help them decode difficult words later


  • Return to the beginning of the book and ask your child to begin to read, encouraging them to point to each word in turn with their finger


  • When your child reaches an unknown word help them to sound it out. Alternative strategies would be to:
    • look at the pictures
    • look at the initial letter sound to guess the word from the context of the story
    • complete the sentence without the word to guess from the context of the sentence


  • As their key role model, it is important that you read with your child as often as you can, especially in bed at night when you can make it a special time together. Use the bedtime story as an opportunity for you to read a story to your child . This should not be a time to practise school reading books or words as children are usually too tired to read at this time.


  • We hope that children would read their school reading book with you at least three times a week as well as spending a few minutes each day practising their sight words. We appreciate that family life can be very busy so it is essential that you plan to have a number of calm, quiet 10 – 15 minute sessions each week when an adult can share your child’s reading book with them and work on their sight words.
  • Your child's sight vocabulary will be increased greatly by learning the words on their weekly word ladders.  Please feel free to replicate these to make flashcards or cut them up to play games.  The more words your child knows off by heart the more fluent they will become.
  • If your child enjoys reading a great deal then feel free to supplement our school reading books with other books from home and from the library.  You could also choose more advanced books to share with them about their own interests to expand their vocabulary