Helping your child in English!

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Helping Your Child 


Read with your child at least once every day.

The earlier you start the better; even the youngest child can look at the pictures, listen to your voice and turn pages. Research showswhat common sense tells us: the more children read, the better they are at reading and the more pleasure they get from reading. The reverse also holds true: children who read very littleusually have poor reading skills. Reading is a struggle for them, and they avoid it whenever possible.

Continue reading aloud to older children

even after they have learned to read by themselves. You might want to encourage them to read to you some of the time, or read to youngerbrothers and sisters. This shared enjoyment will continue to strengthen your child's enjoyment and appreciation of reading.

Talk to your child

 (not just about books) and listen to them as they talk with you. Good speaking and listening skills are fundamental to learning to read. Play games that encourage carefullistening to the sounds in words and looking for letter patterns. Your child may enjoy singing songs and nursery rhymes; this is a good way of developing an awareness not only of the soundsin words, but rhythm and rhyme too.

Be a reading role model

Let your child see you reading for pleasure in your spare time, and share some interesting things with them that you have read about in books, newspapers or magazines.

Make sure your child has plenty to read.

Take them to the library regularly, explore the children's section together and ask the librarian for any books they can recommend. Don't forgetthat magazines, newspapers, catalogues, travel brochures, match day programmes, sports reports, websites, 'how to....' manuals, recipe books and comic books can also provideinteresting reading material.

Notice what interests your child

Use their interests and hobbies as a starting point for reading.

Respect your child's choices.

Don't try to persuade your child to finish a book they don't like, recommend putting the book aside and trying another one. On the other hand, if you have achild who loves reading books about football, let them read as many as they like!

Help your child build a personal library.

Children's books, new or used, make great gifts and are good rewards for reading. Set aside a special place for your child to store their books,and encourage them to build up a collection of books that are special to them. 

Show your child you are interested in their reading.

Listen to them read aloud, and praise their newly acquired skills. When your child reads aloud, don't feel they have to get everyword right, even good readers skip words or pronounce them wrongly now and then. 

Go places and do things with your child

to build their background knowledge and vocabulary, and to give them a basis for understanding what they read. Good readers constantlymake links between what they read and their personal experiences. The richer the child's life experiences, the better chance they have of understanding a wide range of texts.

Tell stories

It's a fun way to teach story structure, pass on family history and build your children's listening and thinking skills.

Play games.

Check out your board games for games that require players to read spaces, cards and directions, and look out for spelling gameslike Scrabble or Boggle.

Show your child that reading can be useful,

a way to gather information for making paper aeroplanes, or learning about skateboards or planning a holiday.




Here are some ideas to help with homework and developing your child's skills at home. 


Help in learning the alphabet sounds





oxford owl heading.JPGOxford Owl - Oxford Owl is an award-winning free website with 250 FREE tablet-friendly eBooks and activities to help you support children’s learning. Now it is even better, with dedicated areas for school and for home.

4 kids  is a good site to help with choosing appropriate books for your child. There are reviews of new books, as well as books suggestions that are suitable for all ages and abilities (including dyslexia and those children reluctant to read).



Better reading - This site will show you the benefits of reading with the children in your life.  There are hints and tips related to your child’s age which you may find useful.