How to raise a reader
There are a number of simple but effective ways you can help your Prep-Year 2 son at home with his reading and writing.
Tips for Prep
- Read a picture book each day to your son and discuss the storyline, pointing out new words to develop their vocabulary
- Play language games (ask your son’s teacher for some ideas if needed)
- Talk about letters and sounds seen in their environment
- When take home books are sent home, spend time listening to your son read and provide support when required
- Books can be read several times to build confidence and fluency
Tips for Year 1
- Help your son to spell the tricky words
- When reading, if your son gets stuck on a word, give him the word and ask him to repeat it
- When your son gets stuck at on a new word, encourage him to have a go sounding out the word
- When reading confidently, encourage him to think about meaning to self-correct
- Talk about stories you read as a child
Tips for Year 2
- When your son is reading at home, give him a few seconds to self-correct
- Ask questions to check for understanding
- Ask your son to summarise the story or discuss any themes from the text
- Read chapter books to your son, it is a valuable way to develop vocabulary
Joanne Davies is Teaching and Learning Coordinator for the Junior School at Brighton Grammar, an all-boys school in Melbourne This article is about Education
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