Getting Involved in Reading
Until they are fluent readers, younger children will benefit from reading aloud to you as often as possible. We recommend that you try and read at least a few pages a night to support your child’s understanding, vocabulary, phonics and comprehension. It is also beneficial for children to re-read stories as it supports your child’s confidence and fluency.
When sharing a book with your child, try to take opportunities to talk about the book - before, during and after reading.
Before reading: look at the book cover and talk about your child’s expectations. Is the book likely to be fiction or non-fiction? Have you read other books together about these characters or by this author? What does your child think the book is going to be about?
While reading: support your child when unknown words need tackling: you can sound them out, split them into syllables. Remind your child to listen to the words while reading them, to make sure that they make sense. Have a ‘meaning check’ every now and again to ensure that your child understands the text. Discuss vocabulary.
After reading: talk about the book. What was it about? Did it match your child’s expectations? Ask questions beginning with the words how and why to check that your child has been able to read between the lines. Ask whether anything seemed puzzling. Then ask your child to explain what the best and worst bits of the book were, and why.
Above are the reading vipers, please use these to support questioning.