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Tips for Reading at Home

Tips for reading at home:

**Research proves that children who enjoy reading do better at school in all subjects.  It also fosters a lifelong love of reading and learning**


Set aside some time

Find somewhere quiet without any distractions - turn off the TV/radio/computer.  Bedtime is a great time to share a book and wind down from the day.  Get into the habit of reading regularly at the same time.
Ask your child to choose a book

Sharing books they have chosen shows you care what they think and that their opinion matters. This means they are more likely to engage with the book.

Read together, taking turns to read a page or chapter at a time

Even strong readers benefit from reading with an adult.  Taking turns helps your child see that reading and spending time with them is important to you.  Discuss new words and issues that come up in the story.  


Encourage your child to talk about the book

Talking about the characters and their dilemmas helps children understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of time to respond. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling, or how the book makes them feel.
And lastly, above all - make it fun!

It doesn't matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together. Don't be afraid to use funny voices: children love this!




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