Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.
Think of ways to make reading fun - you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. If you're both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like.Books aren't just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss.
Tips for helping your child to enjoy books:
Book Levels and Colour Bands
At Joseph Turner Primary School all our reading books are colour banded according to their level of reading difficulty. Your child will be given a colour band and book level to choose from which will help to ensure that the book they select is at the right reading level. Every colour band includes books from a range of reading schemes so that they will experience a range of stories, text types and illustrations. Once they become proficient at one level, by reading a wide range of books within it, they will move onto the next. Therefore, the more practise they get, the better they get and the quicker they will progress through the levels!
Please remember that 5 or 10 minutes reading each evening will help your child become a more proficient reader. Reading a familiar book is good for learning to read with fluency and expression. Twice as many children are reading at home now, and teachers have noticed improvements in the reading skills of children who are reading more regularly.
Thank you to all the parents who are helping to instil a love of reading!
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