A good reading environment for your child/children

Here are some tips to ensure that your child develops a love of reading. If you require further support then please contact us at school and we will be able to support you. We want all of our children to develop a love of reading.

Also, please remember that you are able to change your child’s/children’s reading books, just ask your class teacher and he/she will be able to arrange a time for a contactless book change.

Pick your time
It sounds obvious, but it’s worth keeping reading sessions for times when your child isn’t to hungry, tired or distracted to focus. Everyone’s different, and you’ll know the times that work best for your child. Straight after school when they want to play, or just before bedtime when they’re low in energy may not be the best times! Some families like to read in the morning before school, or mid evening between teatime and bedtime. If you can, it also pays to pick a nice quiet place where your child won’t be distracted by other entertainment (or noisy siblings!)

Keep it short – and fun!
Learning to read is hard work for most children! It’s often better to have a short, focused ten minute reading session rather than a long half hour slog which is just exhausting for everyone. Little and often is good!
Let your child stop reading when they’re tired and have had enough – you can always go back to it later. Keep the atmosphere fun and positive, by chatting about what your child is reading and helping them if they get stuck (see the tips above). Don’t forget to give them lots of praise for their efforts!

Go with your child’s interests
As well as the books they bring home from school, encourage your child to choose some books for themselves. The library is your friend here – and bookshops are also full of lovely books with lots of appeal for children and parents alike. If you let your child choose their own books sometimes, you’ll find they that they are much more motivated to read them – and you can always help them, or read to them if they choose books that are too tricky for them at the moment.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that not everyone loves stories! And children’s interests change as they get older – so variety is the key. We often think of story books when we think of early reading, but your child will get just as much fun and essential reading practice by reading comics, age-appropriate websites, non-fiction books on subjects that interest them, leaflets, magazines, the back of the cereal packet… the list is endless.

Be a reading family
Even when you child can read a whole book without needing any help at all, it’s still important to keep reading to them – this way, they get to experience and enjoy longer and more complicated books, and they also get to enjoy some special time with you! There’s nothing to beat the feeling of snuggling down with a book you’re both enjoying, desperate to find out what happens next…

It’s also really helpful if your child can see you reading… whether that’s taking time to enjoy a novel, snatching five minutes with a newspaper or magazine, following a blog or doing some research for a trip or holiday. All of this will help your child see that reading is important to you – and this will help them to value it too, and create a lifelong love of reading.