I’ve noticed the media is currently promoting the benefits of parents reading to their children. I have mentioned this many times as I have talked with parents, as well as within this blog. Reading to your children will not guarantee that they will all learn to read easily, but they will be so much better prepared. They will (hopefully) be making some connections between the words they hear, the pictures, and the wiggly bits called ‘words’ and ‘writing’. They might associate reading with fun, feeling positive / comfortable etc. They are more likely to be ready to listen to stories (and be ready to talk about them) at school.
The Reading Rockets website tells us 10 Things You Can Do To Raise A Reader. Some of my favourite tips are: Read from day 1 (i.e. even little babies), Share books every day, Reread favourites (over and over again), Visit the library early (when very young) and often, and Talk to your child and ‘sprinkle interesting words into your conversation’ (to increase the number of words that your children understands and uses).
You may like to revisit some of these earlier blog posts:
Reading Aloud To Children 1- The benefits of reading aloud to children.
Reading Aloud To Children 2– A link to 7 things you could do as you read aloud.
Reading Aloud To Children 3– A link to a video from Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo, who talks about some simple and fun ways you can share stories with your children.
How Can I Help My Child At Home?- This post will link to the excellent brochure Sharing Books With Young Children.