Home Reading Tips Year 3 and 4
How to support your child in becoming a confident and enthusiastic reader
1. Provide a quiet place and time when your child is not too tired or really keen to be doing something else.
2. Be there for your child while they read to provide appropriate help
3. Provide suitable reading material: of interest to your child and linked to their experiences, not too difficult (no more than 5 mistakes in 50 words).
4. Allow time for your child to help themselves – don't be too quick to help them, wait for them to think about the word or the story first.
5. Encourage and support:
· Don't criticise or make comparisons with other children
· Try to be relaxed and calm
· Read with or to your child if the going gets too difficult or the story is too long
· Talk about the story and make connections between what is in the story and the child's own experiences
6. Give positive feedback when:
· your child reads well
· they correct themselves after making a mistake
· they figure out a word after you have given them some help
· they read easier books to themselves silently and independently
7. Help your child when they make a mistake:
· Allow them time to solve it themselves
· Ask a question about the story to help them think about the meaning
· If the mistake doesn't change the meaning of the sentence then either ignore the mistake or help them to figure out the word themselves.
· Suggest they go back to the start of the sentence or that they read on to the end of the sentence.
· Ask them to think of a word which begins the same way as the unknown word and that makes sense in the sentence.
· Tell them if they are still having trouble to keep the story going
8. Make it fun.
9. Be a positive role model for your children by reading for enjoyment yourself.