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Helping Your Child Read

Support for reading at home with your children.


I have recently been given some useful resources to support parents with reading at home with your children. We know reading regularly with children can make a massive difference to their progress. But it isn’t always easy to fit it in day-to-day.


Here are some easy ways you can make reading a part of every day:

  1. Don’t worry about how long you read for. Every minute spent reading makes a bigger difference than you realise!
  2. Don’t worry about what your kids are reading: recipes, cereal packets, Argos catalogues… It’s all useful! Keep books and other reading materials close by.
  3. Reading to kids of all ages is helpful. If your little one isn’t reading by themselves yet, read with them.
  4. Ask lots of questions: Who, what, where, when and why and ask them to summarise when you’ve finished.


Below are some other suggestions from the Education Endowment Fund


Supporting shared reading:
7 Top Tips to Support Reading at Home

  1. Concentrate on reading quality (it isn’t all about reading lots!)
  2. Ask your child lots of questions.
  3. Ask your child to make predictions about what they have read.
  4. Ask your child to summarise what they have read.
  5. Ask your child to write about what they have read.
  6. Read and discuss reading with friends or family.
  7. Maintain motivation to read.

Supporting Shared Reading : TRUST

Supporting Readers who are Stuck.

Useful Storytime links


  1. Puffin Books is the home to all your favourite characters and authors, from Wimpy Kid to Roald Dahl. Hear from the authors here on our channel:
  1. now>press>play is an immersive audio resource that is usually only available in school. 4 FREE episodes are available.
  1. Kids’ Poems and Stories With Michael Rosen
  1. A different story read each night just before bedtime. Aimed at 3-7 year olds but older children will enjoy many of them too.
  1. Enjoy storytime with our free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in our book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.

Tips to help when reading aloud

Have fun reading!