Learning to read
In the same way children learn to talk and walk at different times, children also learn to read at different rates. You can help your child with their reading by reading together at home.
Your child's teacher will be closely monitoring reading progress and making sure that the books they give your child to read are not too hard or too easy.
Your child should be familiar with most of the books they bring home, but if a book is too hard for them, try taking turns at reading different sentences or pages, or read it to your child instead.
As a general guide, a book is probably too hard if your child has difficulty with more than five words in 100.
If your child often brings home books that are too easy or too hard or you are worried about their reading progress, talk to their teachers.
Reading with your child
- Read together as often as you can
- Visit your local library or school library together to find new 'favourite' books
- Use the 'Pause Prompt Praise' technique if your child isn't sure of a word
Pause Prompt Praise
1. Wait a few seconds to see if they work out the word by themselves (pause)
2. If they still don't know the word, try a couple of the following (prompt):
- look at the beginning of the word
- discuss the letters and sound
- talk about words that would make sense in the sentence
- look for clues in the pictures
- go back to the beginning of the sentence or read on to the end of the sentence
If they still don't know the word, tell them what it is, then encourage them to read the sentence again.
3. Praise your child.
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