"You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book. "Dr Seuss
Whether it is the start of a new year or a new term, there is always time to celebrate the importance of reading. Families play a critical role in helping children develop their literacy skills, beginning at birth. That role doesn't stop even if you think your child reads really well.
It's increasingly important for families to take the time to read with their children. Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. - (Based on an article in the Telegraph - Reading with parents 'improves children's exams results')
Try and spend 20 minutes each day reading together - When reading with your child, ask your child to describe what is going on in the scene or happening in the story.
Accelerated Reader - This is a reading program used at school to motivate children to read and monitor their reading progress. In Year 2, we aim to have all children accessing Accelerated Reader. This gives children the opportunity to take ownership of their own reading and choose the books they enjoy.
Become involved at school - Communicate regularly with the teacher to help monitor his or her progress, and ask what you can do at home to support them. Become a volunteer in school and hear readers. Just at reception.
Classroom Reading - In class children will have a reading session for half an hour each day. This will consist of groups of 4 children reading with an adult for 15 minutes and 15 minutes of reading exercises completed independently. Myself and my lovely teaching assistants will endeavour to make sure books are changed regularly, however we will only change them when we feel children are secure enough in their reading to move to the next book. This means your child should be able to read the words fluently without having to sound out the letters each time.