Literacy Questions Often Asked 1. Why is my child's reading book so easy? By the time your child is reading their book to you at home, they will have already read their book with the teacher and their group in class so it should be easy and sound like talking. If you notice your child struggling with their reading at home, try reading a page each. If this continues to be a pattern then please discuss it with the classroom teacher. 2. Why does my child bring home the same book from their browsing box? Your child selects their own browsing book to share with you at home. They often choose the same book because they feel confident reading that book. As their confidence grows they will select other books to bring home. Your job as a parent is to be the cheerleader by offering praise and encouragement.
3. My child doesn't want to read at home, what can I do to help them? Sometimes by changing the time of day you ask your child to read may solve this problem. If they are tired and hungry after school, try reading first thing in the morning or at bedtime. There are occasions when it's better just to read the book to them. We want reading to be positive and enjoyable experience for both you and your child.
4. My child is a great reader, do I need to listen to them read every night? You don't always need to listen to your child read out loud. Try these ideas:
Ask them to retell the story in their own words
Ask what the problem was in the story, and how it was solved
Let them share what they learnt in their non-fiction book
Let them choose their favourite page to read to you
Engage them in discussion to encourage a deeper understanding and critical thinking about the book
Most of all - have fun with reading!!
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