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  • Reading With Your Child


    Hearing Children Read

    Remember the aim – you are trying to give confidence to your child and to help him or her enjoy reading

    Prior to sitting down with your child:

    It’s always best if you know the story before you sit down with your child.

    If your child is old enough to have a reading record book – check the previous record to view the comments. This will tell you if any specific help is required at this sitting.

    Literacy program notes will tell you if there are any key words/phonics to concentrate on with this particular book.

    Smile – chat with the child for a few minutes.

    Make sure you are both seated comfortably and try to ensure there are no distractions (brothers/sisters/friends playing near, noise, the TV, etc.).

    Talk about the book they are about to read – what words are we learning in this book? – What happens in the story? – if it is mainly pictures help the child to get as much information out of the pictures as possible.

    Indicate in some way (possibly by saying: “shall we read now?”) that this is a shared process and that you will ‘join in’ at times to help.

    Don’t forget that the children are using many clues to help them read – all of which are valid and you should encourage these. Our objective however is to get them to start recognising individual words. Thus you should always use the key word cards in conjunction with the reading books to encourage word recognition.

    Prompting & Helping:

    How you should prompt or help a child depends on how old they are and their current reading ability; good prompting encourages the child to think – I have given some examples below:In the early stages if the child makes a mistake but does not self-correct ask them to look at the picture (if appropriate). “Does the picture help you guess what the word may be? … “. The older and the more advanced child could be encouraged to re-read the lines by: ”Are you sure that’s what it says? …” Or “Would you like to read this part again as that word (points to the word) did not sound right” … Give the child time to self correct. If the child does not know the word tell them the word, then ask the child to read the sentence again. You can join in for support. Now praise them for trying so hard.

    If the child stops because they simply do not know the word then encourage them by saying something like: ”Can you guess what the word may be?” … Or “What word would fit in here?” … You may find that asking the child to read on and then going back through the sentence with the child will give the child context clues: … “Let’s miss the word out and read on … Can you guess now?” Again tell the child the word if s/he does not know it – now re-read the sentence again, with the child saying the right word.

    Always praise the child during and after the session … something appropriate, like: “well done you read that really well” … Or “I liked the way you tried to work that new word out”.

    NEVER get annoyed with the child … it would be better not to have sat down and read with the child at all … enjoyment is the key.

    NEVER cover up pictures, the child uses these as clues.

    The child may guess the sentence, DO NOT try to stop this. S/he may learn the words off-by-heart, don’t worry if this happens. Do remember however that s/he needs to learn the words – take the key word cards out; play games, etc. but ensure that the learning of the words is not ignored

    Always encourage the child to read with expression and if s/he does then praise the child appropriately: “I liked the way you read that. You made it sound exciting” … Or “You made it sound very interesting” … Or “You made it sound just like people talk”.

    Always let the child read the story on their own if they so wish.

    After the reading session:

    If the child performs well DO NOT immediately assume that s/he has learnt the necessary key words or phonic knowledge. Play a game to assess the situation – if the key word or phonic knowledge has not been learned use different strategies (play games – do not re-read the story) to help the child learn.