Reading with your child
Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures (Pearson UK, 2023).
We therefore ask that you support your child by reading with them each night.
If you're not entirely comfortable with reading aloud or sharing books, there's no need to worry! There's no specific method for enjoying a story together; it's all about what works for you. However, if you're looking for some suggestions, here are a few ideas that may help:
• Encourage your child to pick the story they want to read. When they choose it themselves, they'll be more interested in the story. Don't worry if they want to revisit the same story multiple times – that's perfectly fine!
• If possible, create a quiet environment by turning off the TV, radio, and computer. This way, you both can fully enjoy the story without any distractions.
• Sit closely together. You might suggest that your child holds the book and turns the pages themselves.
• Explore the illustrations. Remember, you're not limited to just reading the text. There could be amusing details in the pictures that you both giggle about. Also, your child might enjoy predicting what happens next in the story.
• Initiate discussions and talk about the book. Picture books can serve as a wonderful way to address your child's fears, concerns, or emotions. Allow them the space to express themselves, and ask about how they view the situations in the story.
• Prioritise having fun! Sharing a story doesn't come with a rulebook – the key is that both you and your child are enjoying yourselves. Feel free to act out scenarios or use funny voices; your little ones will undoubtedly delight in it!
Here are some question starters which will help when reading with your child at home: