I Want To Go To School Now (You Wish…)September 10, 2015
It’s world literacy day so here’s our top tips on helping your child to love reading.
Getting the most out of story-time for children.
Snuggling up with a good storybook is the perfect end to a child’s busy day. And it’s also a great way to help your child develop a life-long love of books and reading – one of the most precious gifts you can give.
- Every evening before bedtime allow 10-20 minutes for a cosy reading session.
- As you read aloud, run your finger along the text so your child can follow the words. Let your child take over the pointing or reading if s/he wants.
- Chat about the story. Ask questions like, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ Create suspense and atmosphere by using a lot of expression.
- Choose books with a clearly layout and good illustrations. Classic nursery rhymes, fairy tales, fables and poems are enjoyed from the earliest age. Collections of short stories are great – your child gets to choose from the index, and the stories are not too long.
- Never force a child to read – stop when your child is tired or losing interest.
- Create a special book corner for your child at home. Fill it with different reading materials -storybooks, children’s classics, reference and factual books on subjects that interest your child.
- Your local library is a great source of free material take your child and let them choose
- For reluctant readers, books on tape are brilliant.
- Why not try writing a story and making a simple ‘book’ together. First look at a picture book without words, then make up a story to go with the pictures. Help your child write the story on a blank notebook or use a computer.
- Most important of all, guide your child by example – read books at home rather than watching television. Make sure your child sees you enjoying reading.