How Can I Help My Child with Reading?

  • Recognise your child's successes in reading and offer encouragement
  • Ensure your child is exposed to a wide range of reading materials eg newspapers, letters, recipes, TV guides, magazines, puzzle books
  • Provide a quiet, well-lit study area
  • Take your child to the library regularly
  • Encourage your child to read for different purposes eg
    • reading recipes during cooking
    • reading and explaining instructions for using new appliances
    • reading interesting articles from the community newspaper
    • reading to younger brother and sister
    • reading to find out more information about a topic
  • Help your child find other books written by favourite authors
  • Encourage your child to talk about books he or she has enjoyed
  • Support the learning process by guiding and advising (this doesn't mean doing the work for your child)
  • Provide guidance and explanation of ways of understanding what is read
  • Support your child's school research tasks by:
    • taking your child to the local library to find appropriate books
    • encouraging your child to jot down all that is known about a topic
    • helping your child to classify this information
    • encouraging your child to explore the topic further by brainstorming topic-related questions using a "Question Word" framework - "Who", "How", "When", "If", "Where", "What", "Why"
    • encouraging your child to use the following procedures when taking notes:
      • Short Notes
      • Key words and phrases with the reference book open
      • Long Notes
      • Own sentences with the reference book closed
  • Encourage reading if no set homework