READING WITH YOUR CHILD
Did you know?
Reading is about making meaning from print. Each day there are opportunities to read with your child.
Encourage your child to read by sharing:
- Words on toys and games.
- Children’s books.
- Birthday cards and invitations.
- Using apps on devices.
- Letters and emails.
- Street names and road signs.
- Television ads and children’s programs.
Where to start
- Read aloud to your baby/child.
- Make the time together enjoyable and fun.
- Choose an inviting space to share the book.
- Visit your local LINC and/or school library or bookstore.
- Encourage all family members to share in the reading time.
- Encourage your child to choose their own book helping them to look for books/reading material that might interest them.
For your child to develop skills in reading:
- Encourage games with letters and words E.g. Eye Spy.
- Show your child how to open the book, turn the pages and read from left to right.
- Support your child to learn the alphabet and listen for sounds in words.
- Find books that encourage your child to enjoy rhyme, rhythm and repetition.
- Allow your child to enjoy favourite books several times.
- Encourage your child to retell a familiar book or story.
- Share non-fiction books for information as well as reading stories.
- Help your child to find words in books.
For you to support your child to learn to read:
- Enjoy reading with your child.
- Be supportive and positive.
- Share a wide range of books/ reading material with your child.
- Ask questions so that your child knows that reading is about making meaning.
- Know that mistakes are good – it means your child is learning.
- Try and put time aside for reading with your child daily.
- Find reading material that you know will interest your child.
- Start a home library by suggesting books as gifts.
Where can I get more information?
- From your child’s teacher or school
- By participating with your child in the school’s Launching into Learning program.
- Visit your local LINC
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