Reading is Knowledge - Knowledge is Power
At Katherines we want to expose children to a range of genres and authors, sending them home with a number of different books across the term/year to enjoy. Reading with your child daily, if you can, will foster a love of reading. The older your children becomes, the more they will read independently. However from a young age and as they move through the school it is important that you read with them.
Reading for 20 minutes a day is essential
Supporting your children at home:
- Take it in turns to read a page each.
- Play games with them such as eye spy where you can look for words that relate to a certain thing such as weather or play snap where they have to find words that rhyme with one another.
- Stop stories at key points and ask if your child can predict what is going to happen next.
- Act out sections of the book that you are reading, putting on funny voices for the different characters.
- If your child has a particular interest then try and find books that link to that area. Your local libraries are a great place to start to find these books.
- Ask questions about your children's book
Questions to ask when sharing a book:
Look at the front cover. What could the book be about?
Who is the author? Have you read any other books by this author?
What is an illustrator? What do they do? How do they help you as the reader?
What does that word mean? Read the words around it to help you figure it out.
Who are the main characters?
What do you think happens next?
How do you think the character feels? Why? What would you do in that situation?
Can you predict how the book will end?
Who is your favourite character and why?
Do you think there is a hidden message in the story? What is it?
Can you retell the story so far in five sentences?
Can you think of another way of how he story could have ended?