Top Reading Tips For Children

You play a vital part in helping your child to develop as a confident reader with an enjoyment for all things written!

It is perfectly natural to want to compare your child's reading ability with those of children of the same age. Please try not to as it will only become very non-productive for you and your child. Each child is an individual and they progress at different paces and that is ok!

Use the following top tips and work with your child's teacher to help your child to develop as a confident reader.

Choose a quiet time and place

Set aside a time when you and your child will not be distracted.
Give your child your full attention
Choose a special reading place, maybe with a box of books which your child can help to choose. This could be changed regularly which would give your child an opportunity to talk about different types of books and what they do - or do not - enjoy and WHY!
Make sure that the book they choose is not too difficult. If they choose a book which is easier than the book they might read at school, this will help with confidence.
Agree on whether your child is going to read alone, or you read to them or taking in turns.
Reading with a sibling or to a sibling is another great reading experience.

Talk to your child

Speaking and listening are key skills and are the foundations for reading
Give your child opportunity to talk - about a range of subjects - their day at school, their friends, games they play, how they are feeling. As they talk, be an active listener, look at them, respond and ask questions.
Give your child opportunity to listen to you - again about a range of subjects, stories from when you were their age or topical subjects.
Allow your child time to explain their ideas. It sometimes takes a bit of time for them to think of the appropriate word or response....the pause indicates a lot of thinking going on!


Reading aloud can be great fun! Use voices, expression, drama, singing or anything which brings the books to life.
Read a part in a boring way and ask your child to help you to make it more exciting!
Act out stories using puppets.
Use your child's name instead of the characters names.
Draw, make, paint, design models and pictures which illustrate parts of the story.
Join a local library
Subscribe to a magazine - they will love receiving mail!
The more that you show enjoyment of the reading experience, so will your child.
Encourage friends and relatives to give books as gifts.

Reading all around us

Be a good role model and set a good example - give reading a meaning and purpose.
Show your child that you read for pleasure and for information - whether it is books, recipes, newspapers, magazines, brochure, letters, maps, instructions.
Look around whilst you are out and about - road signs, shop signs, names of places - there is a wealth of words all around you which will add to your child's understanding of the world around them as well as develop their reading skills.
Use the internet to search for information.
Encourage your child to be interested in words - look for particular letters or words in either in books or around you

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