Reading to your child and sharing books is the single most important thing you can do to support their education. It’s best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day. This should be an enjoyable time.
Even older children enjoy sharing and talking about books.
Books aren’t just about reading the words on the page. They can also involve lots of discussion about new ideas and topics.
Tips for helping your child to enjoy books:
- Encourage your child to pretend to ‘read’ a book before he or she can read words.
- Visit the library as often as possible – take out CDs and DVDs as well as books.
- Schedule a regular time for reading – perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed.
- Buy dual-language books if English isn’t your family’s first language – you can talk about books and stories, and develop a love for them, in any language.
- Look for books on topics that you know your child is interested in – maybe dragons, insects, cookery or a certain sport.
- Make sure that children’s books are easily accessible in different rooms around your house.
Speak to the class teacher for any suggested reading books.