This year we have 22 wonderful volunteers, who are reading with children in lots of different classes from Y2 to Y6. Your child may have come home excited to tell you that they have a big reading buddy!
The role of our buddies is to help children love to read and enjoy accessing books.
Some of the top tips we give to our buddies may also be helpful when listening to your children read at home-
- Sit side by side
- Make your child feel comfortable and welcome
- Let them hold the book
- Talk about the title and the author
- Look through the pictures- let them prejudice what will happen
- Encourage your child to ask questions and point out details
- When you finish reading, ask about their favourite part or character and tell them your favourite too!
To help your child to read and enjoy reading-
- Read aloud and point to the words as you are reading, so your child is looking at the words while you are reading
- Echo reading- first, you read a sentence or paragraph, then let your buddy read the same sentence or paragraph
- Choral Reading- read at the sametime- out loud
- Take turns reading- first you read a sentence or paragraph, then let your child read the next one
When Your Child Gets Stuck-
- Wait- give them a chance to work it out by themselves
- Tell them to look at pictures for clues about the story
- Ask them what would make sense
- Skip the word and read the rest of the sentence
- Have them look for words, letters or patterns they recognise
- Give them a choice- is it this or that?
- Once they know the words, they can re-read the sentence
Most Of All, Praise your Child!
- I like the way you read that!
- Well done, you got the first sounds of that word!
- You are really smart- you worked that word out all by yourself
Reading for a few minutes each day, to and with your child, is a great way to spend time together and relax at the end of the day. If your child is tired, read to them instead and make it fun!
Sarah Battersby, Learning Support Leader