Supporting your child with reading
Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.
There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:
A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.
A sharing book. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.
Reading practice book
This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level and robust research evidence into how to teach reading effectively. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – the purpose of these books are to develop fluency and confidence in reading.
By the time your child brings the book home, they should be reading with at least 95% fluency which means that they can read all the words, but may need to decode one word in every 20. The cognitive load will come from reading in context, with comprehension.
Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them (do not ask them to guess from the context or pictures, as this is an unreliable method of reading).
After they have finished, talk about the book together.
In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that children learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together. This book will develop their vocabulary as you read it to them.
Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!