How can I…help my child Read?

How can I…help my child Read?

Welcome to the first in a series of How can I…? series designed to help parents get a greater understanding of our approaches to reading as a school and ways in which you can support your child at home.

What is our philosophy on Reading?

At English Martyrs, ensuring that all children become fluent and competent readers is one of our fundamental goals. We recognise that the greatest impact upon childrens’ abilities as readers comes from the partnership of school and home working together, supporting the needs of each child as they develop from formative to independent readers. How do we aim to achieve this? Simply through fostering a love of reading. We talk about books, we surround the children in high quality reading materials and we share the books that we love and enjoy reading with the children.

“We shouldn’t teach great books we should teach a love of reading.” (B.F. Skinner)

{module Reading with your child

How can I help?

  • Start by reading to your child. You can start from the moment they’re born (or earlier), but whenever you start is good. Read fun books, exciting books, adventurous books, factual books…anything that they’re interested in!
  • Make reading fun. Make it a time of bonding between the two of you. Make it something your child looks forward to doing each day. Do not make reading a forced thing — encourage it, make it fun, don’t force them to read if they don’t want to.
  • Make it a routine — do it at the same time(s) of day, in the same place, such as at night in bed or in the morning in a favourite chair or couch — because children find comfort in routines.
  • Also make it a habit to go to the library regularly — and read with your child there. Help your child find books that interest them. Visit used book stores (and new bookstores too).
  • Provide a variety of reading materials for your child, about topics they’re interested in. Lots of books, lots of magazines, websites, etc.
  • And be a model — read yourself. Do it every day, and let your child see how much you love reading. They’ll pick up on it.