Whilst children have many opportunities to read at school, individually, in groups and as a class, there are lots of ways that you can support your child’s reading at home. Any time you can spend sharing your child’s reading book will provide valuable support to their learning.
Click here to read Oxford Owl’s top tips for supporting reading at home. There are tips for reading with younger readers (3-7 years old) and older readers (7-11 years old), and ideas for sharing their reading and developing reading skills. There is also a link to further information about phonics and how to pronounce any sounds you are unsure of.
We would encourage you to hear your child read as often as possible. ‘Little and often’ is best. Reading does not always have to be from your child’s reading book - books from home, newspapers, menus, instructions, internet research and comics are all reading too. Use your child’s reading diary to make positive comments and communicate any concerns. Most importantly, enjoy reading together and give loads of encouragement because it really works. Remember too much pressure could put your child off.