Make reading fun
Reading out loud to your child regularly is the best way to get them interested in reading.
- Read all sorts of materials. For example, stories, poems, fact books, magazines and comics.
- Read stories to your child with excitement. Give the characters different voices. Use puppets to act out the story or to read the story.
- Don’t worry about re-reading the same story over and over again. Although boring for you it’s important your child loves stories even if it is the same one.
- Get your child to join in if there are repetitive parts to the story or poem.
- Point to the words as you read them so your child sees a connection in what you are saying to the words on the page.
- Take your child to the library regularly so that they can choose their own books to read.
Reading to your child regularly and at a set time will encourage your child to read by themselves. You might find that they start pretending to read themselves mimicking you.
Top 100 Words
Print off this check list of the first 100 words your child should learn to read.
This activity provides practice at sight recognition and spelling of the 200 or so high frequency words by their shape.
Books to read