1. Read stories every night.
2. Surround them with books
3. Make Reading Fun
This one is hard when you are doing reading practice. It’s easy for it to feel like a chore. I think the key is finding books children will want to read. My eldest loved her school reading scheme but I know many children who don’t enjoy reading scheme books. If that’s the case then look for alternates. Non fiction, comics and ebooks are all great for reluctant readers.
4. Bring Books to Life
If there is a book they really love then look for other ways to explore the story. I like to do crafts with the children based on the books they are reading. You obviously can’t do this with every book they read but it is a good way to explore a book.
Props really help too and they can spend ages acting out a story with very few props. World Book Day is brilliant because children can dress as their favourite character. Look out for theatre productions of favourite books. We love the productions from Tall Stories based on the Julia Donaldson. Their really bring a story to life and are great introductions to the theatre. Films and TV can also help. The girls love the series of Topsy and Tim on CBeebies. It is a great adaptation and has got them more interested in listening to the stories at bedtime.
5. Read Everywhere
I think it’s easy to get hung up on books but often children are more interested in reading signs and newspaper, TV guides and brochures. I guess it seems more grown up and also helps them understand the world around them. The words are often challenging and don’t have the context cues of their story books. I also think it’s good if they see you reading, and know that it’s an activity you value.
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