Helping with reading: 7-11

How to help with reading
Be positive! Praise your child for trying hard at their reading. Let them know it’s all right to make mistakes.
Give them time. Let them make a guess before you tell them the word. Let them read to the end of the line before correcting their mistakes. It doesn't matter if you have to tell them the word sometimes.
Spot words inside words. Help them to spot words they know within larger more complicated words.
Let them read their favourites. Don’t worry if they only read one kind of book. If they are really stuck, ask the librarian or teacher to suggest something else they might like.
Make the story come to life. Encourage your child to read with expression. This will help them read more fluently.
Ask lots of questions about the story. What would you have done if you were…….? Does this book remind you of any thing that has happened to you? Can you guess what is going to happen next?
Use a dictionary. Buy a simple dictionary and use it to check the meanings of new words.

Activities to try at home
Make a scrap book with your child about their favourite star, group or team. Let them cut pictures out of magazines and papers and write their own captions.
Buy a book of crosswords and wordsearches and try to solve them together. Make up your own puzzles to try out on family and friends.
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