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Why reading is fuN!

 Reading is an important skill for learning and life as parents you have a very important role to play. Our aim is for all children at Emsworth Primary School to develop a genuine love of reading resulting in them being able to read fluently, ensuring they choose to read often for pleasure and explore the world around them, both familiar and unfamiliar. Your support is vital and we hope that this information will help you support them at home.

Value Reading

·         Make time regularly to read together. Try and find a special time when you will not be disturbed. Your child will feel important and learn to look forward to reading with you.

·         Reading to children encourages them to become readers. Listening to stories will help develop your child’s attention span and will set their imaginations soaring. It will also help to build your child’s vocabulary, language and understanding.

·         Books can be a useful tool for explaining new or difficult ideas. New babies, going to hospital, moving house and family issues can all be explained through stories and may make the process easier to handle.

·         Even when your child can read fluently it is still important to continue reading with them. This will build up their reading stamina and make regular reading a habit.

Model Reading

·         Be a good role model and let your children see YOU reading. It is important for children to see us reading for both purpose and for pleasure. This can be both fiction and non-fiction, books, online content, magazines or whatever contains the printed word!

·         Enjoy reading yourself and talk to your child about your preferences and the books you loved when you were their age.

Discuss Reading

·         Take time to talk about the books you and your child read together. Many of the home readers have comprehension questions inside the back cover. If not, just ask your child to talk about their favourite/least favourite parts and share your own thoughts too.

·         Model thinking out-loud about what you have read; ‘I wonder why the BFG took Sophie with him?’

·         Encourage your child to look for similarities, differences and common themes in the books they read and that you read to them. Nurture their curiosity and encourage them to ask questions about the books they read.

Love Reading

·         Join your local library. It is free and you can borrow many books to try out at home.

·         The important thing is for you to enjoy reading with your child. They will love telling you what they like and what they don’t like. Just have fun!

·         Get involved with reading competitions and events such as World Book Day and the Summer Reading Challenge. Celebrate your child’s growing love of reading and join them in the fun.

 Here are some websites that you might like to look at for further ideas:

www.bookstart.co.uk – you may have received some books from Book Start during your child’s life. This site has some easy ideas on how to help with their reading.

https://www.hants.gov.uk/librariesandarchives/library - lots of information from your local library.

https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/ - Recommended reading organised into age groups to help you select age-appropriate texts.

https://www.worldbookday.com/ - Join in the fun of World Book Day. Look at the new books that will be available and look at the exciting website together to find out about the authors and see what fun is instore for the next event.

https://literacytrust.org.uk/parents-and-families/ - age-appropriate advice for developing literacy skills.