In our experience of working with parents, you want to do everything you can to support your children but can sometimes lack confidence in how to effectively support them with their development of reading at home. If your child is in KS1 and at home your reading sessions consist of them reading to you for 5 to 10 minutes, it’s probably time for you to start to mix up the dynamic and change the emphasis!

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Learning to Read or Reading to Comprehend?

With younger children, parents often spend all of the time listening to their child decode or sound out the words. As the child grows and their ability increases, a lot of parents continue to listen to your child read or allow them to begin reading independently. As such, the focus is on developing their fluency but not as much time is spent checking or developing their understanding. It is not uncommon for parents to come to teachers exasperated that their child’s scores in reading tests are much lower than they expected. While your child moves through KS1, it is very likely that you will be able to build into your reading sessions a much stronger emphasis on comprehension skills.

Different Types of Readers

Readers will generally fall into one of the four categories in the table below and you will probably be able to picture where your child would fit now. Children usually match the descriptions of several of these quadrants at different times throughout their education and can move from one to the other. The description of the readers I mentioned above would fall into the bottom, right quadrant. In school and at home, we want to do everything we can to move our children towards the green quadrant and that is where the content of this booklet hopes to help!

What Next?

At Home Learning for Parents we aim to develop your understanding of the complicated array of skills that come together to make confident and literate readers so that you can more effectively support your child with their home reading. Over the coming weeks we will post blogs and videos to help you do just this. For now, try to assess where you would place your child in the table above and think about what they may need to improve upon.

Why not also download the free sample of our How to Support Reading in KS1 and KS2 eBook here.

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