6 - 9 years encouraging reading
- Make time each day to read together. Make sure that when you are reading together, that all other activities and distractions are kept to a minimum.
- Encourage other family members to take a turn reading with your child, so everyone can enjoy it.
- Shower her with praise – becoming a confident reader takes a lot of work!
- Give her a chance to work things out on her own – she won’t develop strategies to tackle new words if you always jump in and do the work for her.
- If your native tongue isn’t English, make the time to read to her in your first language. Children can learn two languages at the same time and each will help the other.
- Talk about the book together before you start to read.
- Take regular breaks while reading to discuss what you’ve just read – ask her a couple of questions about the plot to make sure that she understands what she’s reading. And if you come across new words, check that she understands what they mean.
- If you are tackling a more difficult book together, try taking turns reading. You can read a paragraph each, or a page.
- Let her choose what she reads. To become a confident reader, it’s important that she read books appropriate for her age and skill level, but every now and then, she may want to go back and revisit some old favourites.
- The occasional trip to a bookshop to choose a new book is a lovely way to celebrate her growing skills as a reader.
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