Reading Tips for Parents
We ask that parents listen to their children read every night at home. With the younger children, this will help them to improve their word recognition, therefore building up their sight vocabulary and fluency. However, for those children who are fluent readers, parents should concentrate on developing their child’s understanding of the text. It may not be necessary to listen to fluent readers every night, but instead to question them about the text that they have read.
Reading with children and helping them practice specific reading strategies can dramatically improve their ability to comprehend. We have included a number of questions that parents can use with their children to develop their comprehension skills.
It is not expected that parents cover all of these questions every night, but rather that they concentrate on two or three questions each day.
Reciprocal reading takes place every day in English sets. Children have a focused reading session with their teacher where not only reading but comprehension skills are practised and refined. The roles the children are assigned correspond with the skills required in the curriculum. These roles consist of a boss, a predictor, a clarifier, a summariser, a visualiser and a questioner. The children become more and more independent in these sessions as they proceed through the school.