HOW TO MAKE HOME READING PURPOSEFUL
Most primary children will have "reading" homework. For some children and parents this feels like a chore; whilst others find it an unproductive activity as their child is a fluent reader. Some parents worry that they do not know how to support their child's reading so that accuracy, fluency and understanding improve.
One of the most effective ways of improving your child's reading and comprehension skills is to read aloud with your child, taking turns to read a page or a paragraph. By reading aloud to your child you model clear phrasing and expression. Never be afraid to stop and re- read a sentence again; explaining why you are doing it e.g. "I am going to read that again because I did not pause at the comma." This lets your child know that it is OK to make a mistake as well as encouraging them to listen to themselves as they read. It is important not to correct every mistake your child makes as this can make them feel frustrated and anxious about their reading. Encourage your child to attempt unknown words first before prompting them with the initial sound and finally give them word. (If a child makes more than five errors on one page of a book that book may be too difficult. Likewise if they make no mistakes it could be that the text is too easy).
Reading a variety of texts aloud together provides a natural opportunity to discuss those texts, explore new and unfamiliar vocabulary and consider themes in the text and making links to real life situations or other stories and texts. Share your thoughts with your child and encourage them to share their thoughts aloud. The PEE principle is a useful strategy to employ in thinking about texts and completing comprehension activities.
P - Point of view
E- Explain why you think that
E – Example - refer to the text
YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD,
TOO WILD, TOO WACKY,
TO PICK UP A BOOK,
AND READ TO A CHILD.
Reading aloud with your child will develop reading and comprehension skills but above all else sharing a book should be fun.