RWC – Parent Power

Why should my child read at home?

Through reading your child will:

  • Improve their vocabulary and spelling
  • Improve their understanding of punctuation and sentence structures

Reading is a key tool; at home, in school and in your child’s future.

If your child is a good reader they are more likely to be able to engage with their studies at school, think imaginatively and logically and be able to express themselves clearly.

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Tips to try at home

  • Use your child’s interests and hobbies to help find books that they will enjoy.
  • Leave different kinds of reading materials around your home in places your child will see them.
  • Show that reading has a purpose – a way to get useful information for planning a trip, choosing a new phone etc.
  • Encourage older children to read to younger brothers/sisters.
  • Give books, based on your child’s interests, as presents.
  • Set aside a special place for children to keep their books.
  • Encourage your child to read magazines, comics, newspapers and the internet as well as books.
  • Talk about books/magazines etc. that you haven’t enjoyed as well as things you love.
  • Remember, your child is reading when they are looking at menus, instructions, bus timetables, TV guides….
  • Encourage children to look up words they don’t know in their dictionary.
  • If you have internet access at home, set your homepage to a website that your child might enjoy.

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