Leamington School

(07) 827 5747 Lamb Street, Cambridge 3432

Tips for Reading at Home

Here are some ways you could help your child during their home reading. We hope you enjoy sharing together.


Ø  Provide a suitable place and time: preferably 4-5 times a week for up to 10 minutes, in a quiet place, and when your child is not tired.

Ø  As you listen try not to interrupt.  Be patient.

Ø  Talk to your child about the pictures they see in the book before they start reading.  This will help them solve any unknown words they find when they are reading.

Ø  When an unknown word is encountered or a mistake is made; WAIT (they may get the right word) then encourage your child to:

·         go back to the beginning of the sentence

·         read again and see if they can work it out

·         say the first sound

·         try a word that might fit

·         look for parts of the word that they know


Ø  Provide encouragement. Praise your child when they read well or correct their own mistakes.

Ø  Try to be relaxed.  Stop the session if you feel yourself becoming frustrated.  Read to your child instead.


Ø  Children could be asked any of the following questions when they have finished reading a book:

·         Did you enjoy the book? 

·         Who were the characters?

·         What was your favourite part?

·         Was there anything about it you did not like?

·         Could you think of another ending?

·         Are there any words you did not know the meaning of?

·         Can you retell what happened in the story?


Ø  Other reading suggestions: jingle books, poetry books, nursery rhymes, magazines, comics, game instructions, recipes, newspapers, diaries, atlases, maps, road signs, shop signs, letters.


Ø  Encourage your child to make use of the local and school libraries



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