Reading at home? Siblings and grandparents make wonderful reading partners too
Unexpected treasure: try leaving books around to be ‘discovered’… sometimes it pays to be untidy!
Books as Gifts
Books make memorable and lasting presents, and book tokens let kids follow their interests.
Remember to talk about design and pictures too … it helps build visual literacy skills.
Open-ended questions are good to get kids thinking. Try “Why?” or “How?” or “What would have happened if…”
It can be fun to read in new places. Reading about pirates – how about taking a book on a trip to the sea?
Don’t worry if the same book gets read again and again. It helps comprehension and builds vocabulary.
Keeping it Fun
Reading together is fun. Keep things light and entertaining. Don’t get hung up on mistakes.
Get Caught Reading
Make sure you get caught reading for pleasure. It’s always worth being a good role model.
Right Place and Time
It’s good to have a special time and place to read but it can also be fun to seize the moment.
Making it Real
Make connections with the real world. Books can be a wonderful way to address issues and challenges.
In Their Own Words
Get kids to re-tell the story in their own words. It’s a good way to build vocabulary and oracy skills.