What should parents do at home to support their child’s reading development?
Parents can support this 'reading journey' through regular reading at home. Reading to and with your child every evening for at least ten minutes can make a dramatic difference to a child's achievement within school. A report from the Oxford University Press highlighted the importance of parents reading with their children. 'Children who read outside of class are 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age'.
· Read every night for up to twenty minutes.
· Listen to your child read. This helps them to develop their fluency. It is especially important for KS2 children that this continues all the way up to Year 6.
· Read to your child. This will help them to understand how to use expression to bring stories to life and develop their own voice as readers.
· After listening to them, or reading to them, ask them some of the questions. The discussion you have will be very valuable to their reading development.
· Talk about the meanings of new words.
· Read the same book again and again-it helps with fluency!
· Sign the diary (at least) every week.