CHILDREN TO READ MORE (WITHOUT NAGGING THEM)
Just because children are able to sound out words, it doesn’t mean they can understand the meaning of the whole sentence. If children don’t really get what’s happening in a book, they can get bored and be turned off reading at an early age. Resist the temptation to get caught up in the class reading race over who’s on the most advanced Biff and Chip book.
READ WITH THEM
Once children are able to read fairly fluently, around the age of seven, it’s easy to assume you can leave it to them. But according to the Kids and Family Reading Report, which surveyed more than 1,000 parents and their children, only 37 per cent of parents of children aged six to eight still read them bedtime stories. This is despite children missing this “special” time of the day with parents – and still reaping huge benefits in understanding, vocabulary and engagement. A nightly reading session also helps set up reading in their minds as regular and relaxing habit.
LET THEM CHOOSE
While it’s tempting to encourage your children to read the classics you loved as a child, or pass along books from older siblings, let your child follow their own interests, and get excited about a new book, whether it’s from the library or a bookshop. If they love it, let them re-read the same book many times so they reinforce their understanding of vocabulary and sentence structure.