1. Let your child see you reading! Have books, magazines and newspapers in your home.
2. Help your child find appropriate reading and word games online. Keep a dictionary on hand to help your child look up new words.
3. Read mysteries with your child and try to work out the clues together.
4. Is there a movie version of the book? Read the book together first, then talk about which you each liked best and why.
5. Set aside a time and a place for your child to read. a comfy chair, a bean bag in a quiet corner with a reading light maybe.
6. Visit the library regularly. Look for and read together the books that were your favourites when you were a child.
7. Ask your child questions about what he or she is reading, such as:
Where does the story take place?
Why do you think that person made that choice?
What do you think will happen next?
How did you know about…?
Would you recommend this book to your friends?
8. Ask your child to draw a comic strip about parts of the story. Provide word searches, crosswords and other word games and puzzles, or even help your child make their own!
9. Try to read every day. The school reading scheme books are important but should be just one book amongst many. Good readers usually become the good writers!