Please make sure that your child brings their reading book and record to school with them EVERY DAY.
** Just a note on reading records. If you are listening to your child read at home, please could you indicate this in their yellow reading record. It would be very helpful if you could add a little comment but a date and signature would suffice. It's great for us to see how they are getting on with their reading with you at home. You may even note if they've read something different to their school book, e.g. today John sounded out and blended the signs in the doctor's surgery, or he read a superhero magazine and could tell me everything that was happening in the story. It also helps us with changing their books. We endeavour to change everyone's books once a week but if they are not practising this book regularly at home then they would need the book for longer to practise and could potentially have the same book for two weeks or more. **
As well as your daily reading at home, your child will have at least one 1:1 reading session a week at school. Their book will be changed once a week. Your child will have one reading book at a time but sometimes two books will be given out over school holidays. In addition to this, your child will also bring home a Library book once a week. Our Library day is on a Friday; your child will need to return their library book the following Friday in order to take out a new book.
One reading book can easily last a week - there is so much you can do with one book. As well as being able to read the words, understanding WHAT they are reading is equally as important, so lots of talk about the book is strongly encouraged, e.g:
- What's your favourite page? Why?
- Who is your favourite character? Why?
- How do you think this character is feeling? Why?
- What might happen next? Why?
- Cover the text and by looking at the pictures, what do you think is happening on this page?
- Add speech bubbles to your book -what do you think the character woud say now?
- What do you think happens after the story finishes. Why?
And so on.
As well a this you can play lots of games, e.g.
- How many 's' can you find in one minute?
- How many 'and' words can you find in a minute?
- How many words are on that page?
- How many sentences are on that page?
It is important your child gets opportunities to read a wide range of materials, so I also encourage you to read magazines, newspapers, signs and other books with your child.
Please note anything you feel valuable in your child's reading record. You can let us know what pages they have read, how they did, if there was anything your child struggled with, if you played any games with your book or even if your child has read any other materials. Any information you can give us on what your child has done at home is greatly appreciated.
It is also very important your child hears you read to them. This is a great way of modelling how to use expression for example.
OTHER READING ACTIVITIES:
- Involve children in household activities. Emphasise the importance of naming objects and sequencing the task (explaining what is happening one step at a time). This is the beginning of comprehension.
- Create simple recipe cards or instruction cards for making models. You can read them and make/build together.
- Providing reading material and a special light for reading in bed can encourage children to read.
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