Looking at books together helps your child feel confident when they start learning to read. This video will give you some pointers.
If your child has spent time looking at books and sharing stories with you, they’ll be excited to learn to read. They might already be trying to read words they see around your home, in the shops or on the street. Building an interest in books, even before they can read, will help get them ready to read when they’re older and start school.
Try to find time each day to look at a book together. Children like hearing their favourite stories again and again. By having regular story time and choosing their favourites, you’ll help build a love a books in your child.
Ask your child to tell you about their favourite story. Then sit down together during a quiet time and read it together. As you go, pause to ask them questions about the story.
- “What’s just happened?”
- “How does this part make you feel?”
- “What do you think happens next?”
This helps your child pay attention and follow the story.
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By sharing a favourite story, you are building strong attachments which will help with their learning.