As you already know, you are your child’s most enduring educator and can make a huge difference to your child’s learning journey.
This recent article published by Pearson is an important reminder to us all:
“Reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background”. (Pearson.com.uk)
Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.“
Building vocabulary and understanding
“Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what’s printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It’s important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child doesn’t understand every word, they’ll hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard.
As children start to learn to read at school, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.
My child’s too young to start reading yet. How can I point them in the right direction?
Make sure that your child is familiar with language and books so they can see how enjoyable reading is. Some of the things you can do include:
- reading aloud to your child, talking about the words and pictures, and sharing ideas about the book
- reading yourself – children who see adults reading, and enjoying it, are much more likely to want to read themselves
- surrounding your child with books – you don’t need hundreds of books at home, but go to the library or bookshop regularly to borrow books, spend time together, browse and make choices. In this way, reading becomes a habit.
Most importantly, talk to your child. Spend time with them, doing simple activities (like cooking and making things). As you talk about what you’re doing, you are helping them to learn new words. Later, when they see words written down, they’ve already heard them and know what they mean.”
Pearson have also produced a free “Enjoy Reading Guide For Parents” on their website pearson.com/uk/learners/primary-parents/learn-at-home/help-your-child-enjoy-reading
Please aim to read a minimum of 5 times per week and remember to sign your child’s Home School Record. All classes recognise and celebrate children who read regularly .It is also important to continue reading with your child even when they are able to read for themselves. Please also speak to your child’s teacher if you have any difficulties or need help with literacy support as a family.
Reading is at the heart of our school curriculum and we will be visiting our village library as soon as it is safe to do so. We are also looking forward to the time when we can welcome our fantastic Library Gang back in and our amazing community volunteers. We miss you…