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St Alban's Catholic Academy

St Alban's

Catholic Academy

First Avenue, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2NP

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.

Helpful advice when reading with your child                                  Image result for books clip art


1. Away choose a quiet time

Set aside a quiet time with no distractions. This should be regular, little and often is best. Never over do it or the reading process wil become a chore.  

2. Make reading enjoyable

Make the time you spend together fun and unpressured. Quality time with your child is special time, sharing books spark lots of lovely conversations between you.

Stay positive, give regular praise.

Books should be selected that are of interest to the child and at a level that will not allow them to lose confidence by trying to tackle to many tricky complex words that they struggle to gain the meaning of. Select a text that they can enjoy that will also enable them to stretch there skills, small steps is better than large unobtainable ones.

3. Take every opportunity

Take an interest in your children selection of reading materials.

Visit the library, read signs in the street, read menus at a resturant together, encourage a range of genre:- such as magazine, non-fiction text, fiction, poetry, reports, debates and newspapers (age appropriate, such as first news).

4. Promote an understanding of the text they are reading

  • Hold a conversation and discuss what your child has read. Ask your child probing questions about the book and connect the events to his or her own life. For example, say "I wonder why that girl did that?" or "How do you think he felt? Why?" and "So, what lesson can we learn here?".

  • Help your child make connections between what he or she reads and similar experiences he/she has felt, saw in a movie, or read in another book.

  • Help your child monitor his or her understanding. Teach him/her to continually ask him/herself whether he/she understands what they are reading.

  • Help your child go back to the text to support his or her answers.

  • Discuss the meanings of unknown words, both those they reads and those they hear.

  • Read material in short sections, making sure your child understands each step of the way

  • Get your child to predict what will happen next, what does he/she think of the characters? Where is the story set?, talk about the dilemmas facing the characters. Can he/she predict the endings? 

  • Find information in non-fiction books using the contents page or index. 

  • Encourage your child to read out loud - (this will enhance expression and outward flow). 

  • Help him/her to learn and recite simple poems and rhymes with actions

  • Help him/her be a detective and look for clues to unknown words in books. (Inferencing- thinking, linking, imagining, predicting beyond the written page)

  • Share the reading. Read a sentence or a page each. Get your child to read a couple of pages and you read on. It is good for your child to hear you read too.


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