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Reading with your child: Top Tiger Tips!
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Posted On 2012-11-05 12:59:54 |  Last Update 2013-01-04 21:28:03 |  Read 5535 times | 0 Comments

Reading with your child is an experience for you both to treasure. It’s fun, relaxing, and research has proven that it can have a significant effect on your child’s literacy and speech skills, and creative and social development.

Here are our top tips for making the most of storytime with your child...

• Pick a peaceful place to read with your child – in the garden, at the kitchen table, in bed, on the sofa... The more relaxed you both are, the more you will enjoy the story!

• Let your child hold and touch the book, and turn the pages if they like. Reading picture books can be a really tactile experience.

• Chat about the book you are reading. Ask your child about what they can see in the pictures, their thoughts about the characters in the book, or what they think might happen next...

• Novelty books, with features such as lift-the-flaps and pop-ups, are a great way to capture (and hold) a young reader’s attention.

• When reading with your child, try not to interrupt if they go wrong. Often they will realise that what they’ve read doesn’t make sense, and will automatically go back and have another go. 

• Make time after every school day for reading with older children. You don’t have to devour a whole book – 10 or 15 minutes is plenty.

• Help out with tricky words if your child is floundering (but don’t jump in straightaway.)

• Bring stories to life with your child by giving characters funny voices, singing songs, and making the sounds described in the book.

• Don’t criticise your child for making mistakes. Work though any difficult words or sentences together, let small errors go, and praise every achievement, however small!

• Repetition, repetition, repetition! Whether it’s the book itself, or the rhymes or refrains in the text, reading and reciting words and phrases will help your child engage with the story, and develop their own reading skills.

• Use books to encourage children to explore their feelings about new experiences or situations, or to reinforce ideas such as sharing and being kind to others.

• Let your child read what they want to read (within reason!) Don’t worry if it’s not something you would have chosen for them, or if you think it’s below their reading level. Remember that many adults still love picture books!

• Don’t underestimate a good audio book. Listening to stories is just as valuable as reading them, at any age.

• Support your local library! A weekly or fortnightly trip is a brilliant way to get children excited about reading and choosing books.

• Look out for author and illustrator events happening near you. Meeting the people and characters behind their favourite books can be hugely inspiring for children.

• Encourage your child to love reading – whether it’s picture books, fiction, non-fiction, magazines, even the back of a cereal packet, the key is to read as much and as often as possible!

Useful Links:

Head to these websites for more ideas, information and handy resources based around reading with your child.

National Literacy Trust 
The Reading Agency 


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