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Supporting Reading at Home

1. Let the child hold the book. Do not point or turn the pages for the child.

2. If the child makes a mistake let them get to the end of the sentence before saying anything. This allows opportunities for self-correction.

3. Allow the child thinking time before helping (6-10 seconds). This helps to develop independence. But don't wait too long or the pace will slow.

4. Praise effort.

5. If the child struggles on the same word throughout the text, then tell them rather than allow guessing which may lead to confusion.

6. If the child has difficulties prompt with the following questions:

                         * Does that make sense?

                         * What would make sense?

                         * What is happening?

                         * What would make sense there?

                         * Now check the letters. Does that word look right?

                         * Can we say it like that?



The following points are to support you when reading at home with your child. Regular, daily reading is the key to reading success. Two or three of these sessions could be your child reading silently to him/herself and the others an opportunity for them to read aloud. Please use these guidelines to help you:

  • make sure you are relaxed and comfortable during the reading session;
  • encourage your child to read with expression;
  • your child should be able to read approximately 9 out of every 10 words in the book, less than this and the book may be too difficult;
  • discuss the meaning of difficult words;
  • ask questions about the characters, the plot, the ending of the book and whether your child enjoyed it. If your child is not enjoying a story, stop reading it and ask them to change the book;
  • encourage talk about favourite authors and illustrators;
  • try and make sure that your child reads a range of different books;
  • model the reading process yourself by having your own book to read;
  • give lots of praise and encouragement;
  • keep up a regular dialogue with your child’s teacher through the home/school reading record book. 

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