Reading Tips

  • Make reading FUN
  • Keep reading aloud to your child no matter how old they are
  • Share the reading – take turns
  • Read in your first language
  • Read a variety of texts, e.g. books, magazines, newspapers, the TV guide, recipes, poems, rhymes, emails, junkmail, letters...
Predict while reading
  • Play card and board games together
  • Sing waiata/songs together
  • Read poems and make up rhymes together
  • Point out words in the environment such as road signs, shop signs, advertisements...
  • Play word games, e.g. “I Spy”, “Simon Says”
  • Visit the library regularly and get your child to choose books to share
  • Link stories to your own lives/experiences
  • Talk about the pictures in the book
  • Encourage your child to retell favourite stories or parts of stories in their own words
  • Help your child with any words they don’t understand – look them up in the dictionary together
  • Ask who their favourite character in the story is and why
  • Get them to predict what they think might happen next
  • Ask them what they have learnt from their reading
  • Talk a lot with your child while you are doing things together
  • Encourage your child to read to younger members of the family, whanau or grandparents as this will give them the opportunity to practise reading aloud
  • Ask other family members to read to your child
  • Make your home a ‘reader friendly home’ by having lots of books, magazines, comics/graphic novels, newspapers. Look in local second-hand shops or fairs for books
  • Ask your child to give their opinion and talk about why they think that
  • Encourage your child to read and re-read favourite books. Re-reading helps with fluency, expression and comprehension
  • Talk every day about things that are happening at home, school, or in the neighbourhood. Add interesting words into the discussion
  • Play games with sounds and letters for example. ‘Can you guess what word is h-a-t ?
  • BE A ROLE MODEL – LET YOUR CHILD SEE YOU ENJOYING READING. Talk about what you are reading
  • If your child isn’t sure of a word use the “Pause, Prompt, Praise” technique
    • Wait a few seconds. Give them time to think. Often they will work it out by themselves (Pause)
    • If they still don’t know the word, try a couple of the following – look at the beginning of the word, talk about the letters and sounds and words that would make sense in the sentence; encourage your child to look for clues in the pictures; ask your child to go back to the beginning of the sentence or to read on to the end of the sentence (Prompt)
    • If they still don’t know the word, tell them. Then encourage your child to read the sentence again. Praise your child.