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A note about reading
Once children have developed the basic skills of reading, there can be a risk that their motivation and enthusiasm begins to lessen. This is a vital sign in children’s reading development and the point at which parents can offer invaluable support.
Taking the time to talk to your children about the books they choose and listening to them reading aloud, or discussing what they have read to themselves, regularly can make all the difference.
Children need to understand why we read. They need to experience the range of feelings that a book can create or the power that can be gained from accessing information. Reading must not only be confined to stories. Many children love reading comics, magazines, newspapers, information books and poetry. All of these reading activities should be encouraged.
Children in Key Stage 2 will all be at very different stages of development, but even for the most fluent readers there is a need for parental support.
Most parents or carers are able to create quality time to share a book individually with a child. This is the time when children can develop a much deeper understanding of the books that they are reading. Rather than reading at home being ‘reading practice’, it should extend and enrich the reading experiences of school.
One of the most powerful ways in which parents can do this is to show real enthusiasm themselves. Your sense of excitement about books and stories, your anticipation about what will happen next in a story and a discussion about your own likes and dislikes, will greatly influence your child.
Asking questions that go beyond the literal meaning of the book will help your child to think more deeply about what they are reading. Encourage your child to use the school and local libraries.
Books and stories open up new worlds of excitement and imagination for children!
For more information on how to help your child, take a look at the homework page.