Ten ideas to help your child with reading
Try these practical tips to help your kids enjoy learning to read.
- Together find information and interesting facts about things that intrigue or interest your child in books, magazines or on the internet. Read and talk about what you find out.
- Recite and retell stories of all kinds including favourite stories read or heard, fairy tales, movie plots, local news stories, family history, poems and rhymes.
- Make things together and ask your child to read out simple directions, eg recipes while you cook together.
- Suggest that your child writes simple stories on the computer. Re-read and talk about the stories together or send an email response to them.
- Do crosswords and other types of word puzzles or word games together in books, magazines or on screen.
- Read the TV guide together from the paper or onscreen before watching a program.
- Play games like ‘I spy' and read directions and signs when driving and shopping.
- Read and write notes, cards and letters together to family members, friends and neighbours.
- Play board games and computer games together and read the rules, directions and clues.
- Provide your child with plastic letters, crayons, pencils, chalk, pens and writing paper.
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