Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Parents are the most important educators in a child’s life – even more important than their teachers – and it’s never too early to start! Children draw on their own experiences (the language and stories they know) when they read, write and start to create their own amazing adventures.
Choosing - let your child choose books that interest them. A librarian can help steer them in the right direction, too. Keep books readily available at home, in the car, wherever your day takes you.
Reading routine - whether before bed, at snack time or even at bath time, reading can fit into almost any part of your daily routine.
Read aloud together - take turns reading each page or word of a favourite book.
Talk about what you are reading - asking questions before, during and after the read helps your child make connections and increase reading comprehension skills.
Reading role model - show your child that you enjoy reading. Children often mimic parent behaviour.
Be the author - first choose a place (setting) together, then choose the people (character) and next talk about what is going to happen! You could even draw the pictures (illustrate) when you are done. Use some of our our story words - First...then...next...finally.