Literacy - more than just reading

The class reader is a tool to help you child learn to read. It is a small part of their overall literacy education which includes reading, writing, oral language, comprehension and critical thinking. Good literacy skills support all other areas of the curriculum and indeed life also. The aim is to comprehend what is being read. To develop good literacy skills here are a few ideas:


  • We want to develop a love of story in your child. We read stories to them regularly in class. Tell and read him stories at home. No child is too old to have a good story read to him/her. Stories can take us to any time, any place, real or imaginary.
  • As you read a story ask the child to predict what might happen next.
  • If it is a new book, hide the picture and let them close their eyes to visualise the picture.
  • Make connections with the story by remembering another similar event or feelings in a book or in your own lives.
  • Ask questions as you read: I wonder why/where/who/when/how did he feel when.....
  • Retell the story in 4/5 sentences.. First... Next... Then... After that... Finally....
  • It is good to read a story more than once. It gives them opportunities to extend their oral vocabulary. And children still love the old fairy tales, so don't forget them!
  • Reciting Nursey Rhymes and poetry enhances phonological skills so they learn rhyme and the rhythm of language.


  • You can share the reading. Child reads a sentence and you read a sentence but remember this is reading for pleasure so it should not be a chore. Reading homework could be shared and then swapped. Help child decode word by sounding out letters and using fingers.


  • Answer his questions and find out about his day. Talk about what is happening on the news. Discuss feelings.

Don't forget to be a regular visitor to the library. The librarians are most helpful and will direct you to suitable books of interest to your child. 

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