Best Practice

Nine tips to help
your child learn.

You can make a difference.

Enjoy reading

Remember to enjoy the books with your child. Choose books that they enjoy, and you enjoy reading.

Read regularly.

Read every day to develop the habit, read books they enjoy then it won’t be a chore for the child. The more they read, the better they get. The better they get, the more confident they will become and this will make it easier still.

Turn off the television.

It’s only for a few minutes, it’s going to make a huge difference with regards to concentration.

You don’t need to be sitting at a table.

Relax, sit back in a comfortable environment and read. It doesn’t matter if it is a real book, magazine, comic or digital book we want them to practice reading.

Practice what you preach.

Show your child know that you enjoy reading. Read often and discuss what your reading with your child, be a good reader.

Don’t just read books here.

Read paper books, magazines, signs in the street, billboards and other websites. They need to know that reading happens everywhere and they will benefit from

Give your child time to learn.

When the child struggles with a word remember to be patient. Give your child time to work out words. 5 seconds or more is reasonable. After 10 seconds encourage your child to use the following strategies when they come across an unknown word;

“What do you think the word is?”
“Read the sentence again and see if you can work it out.”
“Have a go and try to say the sounds.”
“Look at the picture.”
“What does it start with?”


Participating in reading means your child does not have to always be the reader to. There are lots of reading activities, such as:

Reading WITH the child (either taking turns or together).
Reading to the child The child reading independently (aloud or silently).
The child making up or predicting the story. It’s ok if it’s silly, it’s about making reading fun and helping a child feel comfortable.
Help them keep track of how often they’re reading.
Download the Chatty Kids Chart and record how often the child reads.
Keep a count of the number of days that reading activities take place.
Download the awards when you reach the targets.

Help them understand what they read.

Some great ways to ensure the child is understanding what they’re reading is to ask some simple questions:

Did you enjoy the book?
Why? Why did you choose it?
Who were the main characters in this book?
Who was the character you liked the most?
How could you describe this character?
Was there anything about the book you did not like?
Could you think of another ending?
Did you come across any unusual words?
Can you find them?
Are there any words you did not know the meaning of?
Can you retell what happened in the story?

Are you ready?