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Sharing a book with your child is fun! It is a time for closeness, laughing and talking together - and it can also give children a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers.
If you are not feeling confident about reading aloud or sharing books, don’t worry - there's no right or wrong way to enjoy a story together. But if you'd like some tips, here are a few pointers to help you out. Mr Speck has put together some wonderful videos to help you read with your child. In each video, Mr Speck takes you through a reading skill, and models how to make reading as engaging as possible.
Here's an introductory video with general tips, then videos for particular skills below.
Supporting reading with your child at home.
Watch the Reading Skills videos
Spend time discussing the cover of the book. Are there any clues here that might help you predict the plot of the story? Or can you make any links with other books you have read?
Ask your child to recap the story they are reading. Encourage them to give detail and use sequencing language e.g. time connectives. Their summary should allow you to be clear on the key events of the story.
Start by asking your child to retrieve from a shorter section of text e.g. a sentence or paragraph. Then extend to a page or even a chapter; this will also enable them to practise their 'skim' reading skills to locate specific information.
Summarising and Retrieval
Ask your child to describe a character from the book and then find evidence to support their opinion e.g. something the characters says or does.