Reading at Home

Reading at Home

Although we are missing out on Lending Library, we would encourage everyone to continue this at home. Reading at home will make a huge difference in your child’s future school success. Make reading a part of your every day routine. Remember; brush – bath – book – bed.

Telling, retelling and understanding

  • Before reading, make predictions and ask questions. What do you think will happen in this story?
  • Talk about new words you come across and their meanings
  • Make connections to everyday life e.g. “That’s just like the time when you…”
  • Talk about, comment on and ask questions of the different characters as the story develops. How does the character feel?
  • After you have read a book, encourage your child to retell you the story in order, “reading” the book, turning the pages to the end.
  • Have fun with the story – act it out, make up voices, dress up, use props and puppets etc.
  • You can never read a book too many times. Every time your child enjoys a book again, they gain new knowledge, build fluency and develop ideas.

Building a reader

  • have the child turn the pages as you read
  • encourage your child to fill in rhymes as you read
  • point out patterns and repetitions in text and illustrations
  • provide a safe place to read – make a warm, cosy reading nook in your home with pillows, cushions, blankets and stuffed animals
  • model good reading and read for yourself – help your child fall in love with books whether it’s comics or magazines or novels

Make reading an adventure

  • Read in fun places – Read outside, inside, in the car, in the bath, in bed, under the covers, under a tree, at the park, at the library…
  • Read in fun ways – use a torch, use a tablet, act it out, sing the words, read in a whisper, read to a pet
  • Read in different ways – fiction, non-fiction, counting, ABC’s, long, short, poetry books, lift-the-flap books, cook books…
  • Read about different things – family, friends, feelings, school, sports, dinosaurs, dancing, pet,s plants, princesses…

BookTrust have also launched an amazing new digital hub, which is packed with reading advice, ideas, activities and resources.  This includes a new Northern Ireland page, where we feature local authors, illustrators and initiatives. The aim of this portal is to highlight the talent Northern Ireland has and inspire families and future readers of our area. The BookTrust NI facebook page allows families to stay connected and share the work that authors and illustrators post on Facebook. 

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