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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.


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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