We held a workshop for parents and carers to come and find out why and how we do reading with children in Reception. There was also a discussion about how parents and carers can help their children at home and develop a daily reading habit.
It was wonderful to see so many of our families there. Each family who came received a special Reading Bag full of goodies to take home. There was information to help with reading at home, some brand new reading books to keep at home, a phoneme strip to keep and other goodies. All children also received their Booktime book from the Book Trust.
There was also a special finger pointer in the reading pack to help children learn to track the writing left to right and point at each word in turn. We talked in the presentation about making reading as fun as possible, this is one of the ways we use in school.
During the presentation we talked about a few different aspects to reading:
Why we need to read?
- Better life chances
- Makes life easier
- Helps with all subjects in school
- Because you enjoy it
- Research shows that children who read for pleasure do better at school
Different types of reading
- Reading storybooks and information books for enjoyment and bedtime stories
- Reading school book band books for learning
What are Book Band Books?
- Levelled books designed to help support children learn to read
- Emphasis is on the children reading
- Adult supports the reading
- Some are decodable phonics readers, some are not
- The adult needs to:
What about Storytime books?
- Books for enjoyment at any age
- Doesn’t have to be a story, could be any book
- Emphasis is on the adult reading
- Child supports the reading and talks about the pictures
We talked about what to do if your child won’t read with you because its not because they can’t read and its not because they can’t sit still. Some ideas for motivating your child are:
1.You have to make it exciting, be interested and impressed by whatever your child is reading
2.Make it funny- reinvent stories and find funny books to share.
3.Think outside the box- try ebooks, comics, letters and even chalk letters outside.
4.Read for a purpose and make it interesting.
5.Copy and collect- link reading to interests, such as Peppa Pig, dinosaurs and recommendations from other parents/ children.
We also talked about what to do if you as a parent find reading more difficult:
1. Have a go- the children will enjoy their time with you and appreciate your efforts.
2. Look at a book yourself before looking at it with the children so there are no surprises.
3. Work out difficult words together.
4. Come and ask in school if you’re struggling. We are more than happy to help.
We shared the Oxford Owl website where you can find more reading books to read at home. You can find it here: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/
For Onyx class the username is Onyx and the password is Onyx123
Please come and ask if you’ve got any questions in school about reading and how you can help your child.