READING WITH YOUR CHILD AT HOME
IDEAS FOR PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN
Why is Reading important?
Reading has always been an important skill. In today’s contemporary society it is more important than ever before. Children learn about the importance of reading as they watch family members use reading and writing for everyday purposes. It is paramount that you read with your child at home as this will help your child in all learning areas of school.
As parents, you are the primary role-model in children’s worlds, they see you reading and writing in everyday life – reading for pleasure, sharing a story with your child, using a recipe, making a shopping list, writing a birthday card or reading street signs. This teaches them that reading and writing are useful skills in today’s world.
In accordance with our Home Reading Policy, it is suggested that “Student’s read four nights a week for homework at their recreational level, which is lower that instructional level” (Carramar Public School, 2015). By encouraging reading, reading with your child and using their R.E.D folders you are already doing a great job in supporting your child’s development in all areas.
Why is Reading important?
• Be yourself. Involve children in everyday conversations.
• Read aloud to children. It helps them to learn the language of books and will encourage them to
enjoy books and reading.
• Talk about books, read together and make reading an enjoyable, shared activity.
• Make sure there is a wide range of reading material for your child at home, both fiction and
• It is important to read to your child in your home language if your first language is not
English. Experience shows that using your home language will help your child to learn to read
• Listen to your child every day, even for a short time.
• Give books as treats and presents.
Hints for listening to your child read
• Before reading, talk about the cover, the title, the pictures, and discuss what the book may be
• During reading, discuss what has been read up to that point, and imagine what will happen
• After reading is finished, talk and ask questions about the story and the pictures.
• When reading a harder book together, take turns. Beginning readers can read the repetitive
parts and more experienced readers can read a paragraph or a page.
• On finding an unknown word:
Pause to give your child time to work out the word
– go back to the beginning of the sentence, or read past the difficult word to the end of the
– look for a clue in the picture or the words
– look at the first letter and think about what the words could be
– ask “Does this make sense?”
– try to sound out the word
– if necessary tell your child the word
Praise your child for trying even if mistakes are made. Be specific when praising “I like the way you…” as it is more meaningful.
What to read and do
• Tell and re-tell stories of all kinds including favourite stories, fairy tales, movie plots, local
news items and family history.
• Play games such as “I spy... something beginning with d”.
• Ask your child to read out simple recipes while you cook together.
• Read comics, magazines, short stories, poems and rhymes, including nursery rhymes.
• Do crosswords & other word puzzles together.
• Read the TV guide before watching a program.
• Look at letterbox leaflets together.
• Read directions and signs when driving and shopping.
• Read and write notes and letters to family members.
• Play board games together and read the rules.
• Provide plastic letters, crayons, pencils, pens and writing paper.
And do remember...
• Discuss the meaning of stories and words.
• Encourage your child to read anywhere and at any time.
• Let your child see you enjoy reading.
• Visit and use a library near you. Borrow books for yourself as well as your child from our school library (Ask the Classroom Teacher and or Mrs Welling).
• Enjoy reading – it should be fun J
(NSW Department of Education and Training, n.d).