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    Reading with your child

    Why you should read with your child

    Reading with your child is important and helps your child in three key ways.  Reading with your child helps:

    Develop your child’s communication and literacy skills

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    Build a stronger relationship with you and your child

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    Develop all areas of their academic development

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    Tips on how to read with your child:Read with your child reading with your child

    Have a set time for reading

    Find a quiet area, turn off and omit any distractions for example the TV or mobile

    Let your child choose the book

    Your child will be more engaged in the book if they choose it and will give them confidence and independence as it shows that you care about what they think

    Did you know?

    'Unborn babies can hear your voice from 18 weeks, so you can start to read to your child before they’re even born'

    Read with your child reading with your childSit close together

    This also helps them be more engaged. Help and encourage them to hold the book and turn the pages themselves.

    Point to the pictures

    If there are images in the book point to them and tell the child what they are or you can get the child to point to stuff in the book for example you can ask where’s the blue ball or how many sheep can you see?


    Did you know?

    'The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school'

    Read with your child reading with your childAsk questions about the book

    As with the last point it is important to get your child to interact with the book to keep them engaged. Ask questions like what will happen next or what’s the next word (if the story uses repeated refrain).  Other questions you could ask are:

    1. How do you think the character is feeling?
    2. How does that scenario/ or the book make you feel?
    3. What do you think they should do next?
    4. What would you do if you were them?

    Try also to relate what is happening in the story to situations they have encountered in real life.  Talking about the characters and dilemmas helps children to understand what is happening better and a great way to discuss different issues.

    Did you know?

    'Only 53 percent of children ages three to five were read to daily by a family member (1999). Children in families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read to aloud everyday than are children in families with incomes at or above poverty'

    Read with your child reading with your childFinally have fun

    The most important thing is that you and your child enjoy the time together. So make funny noises, do silly faces and have fun.

    Why not try:

    Making it up – a fun thing to do is to allow your child to make up their own story and their own scenario based on what they can see happening in the pictures

    We encourage parents to read with their children here at Little Blessings

    Because we understand the importance of parents reading to their children, over the last few weeks we’ve had different parents come in to read.

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    They read different stories including 'I want my hat back' by Jon Klassen and 'We're going on a bear hunt' by Micheal Rosen. Find more books you can read to your child here:

    The children loved it! They were surprised and excited about having their parents read to them at nursery and all sat intently and listened to the stories.

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    Want more activities to do with your child?

    Check out some of the activities we do with our children here at Little Blessings: Nursery Activities

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