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Inspire Them, Read by Example, Reading / 18.11.2018

In this video you will learn how focusing on yourself can be a great way to increase your child's interest in reading.     Be a reader yourself! Enjoy some books and talk about them.  Go to the library and get a book for yourself. This is the fourth video in the series: 6 Ways To Get Your Child Hooked On Reading.  This video series will tell you everything you need to know to get your child hooked on reading....

Challenge Them, Reading / 16.11.2018

Once your child has developed their reading to a stage when they are reading fairly fluently they need to work on developing expression.  In this post I will take you through the stages and strategies that will allow them to develop their expressive reading skills.       How to Develop Expression When Reading: Understanding what they are reading   First we need to understand what is meant by expression.  Expression is another means by which a reader can convey the events and actions occurring in the text.  In order to do this the reader must have a clear...

Challenge Them, Reading / 14.11.2018

As your child progresses with their reading you may find that they begin to get through books quickly.  It can be really hard, in this situation, to know how to support them to continue their learning journey.  The really important thing to remember is that the goal of reading is not just to be able to read fluently but to understand fully what is being read. There are many aspects to this understanding and all are taught and assessed in schools.   How to challenge your bookworm 1: Try this with...

Reading, Reading Strategies / 12.11.2018

Teaching your child to read can be a daunting prospect. Whether they are home schooled or at school there may be times when you need to introduce a reading strategy, word or sound.   For some quick reading strategies visit my useful tips for hearing your child read post.    There are also lots of wonderful reading programs and apps that can make this process a lot easier or add another level to your own teaching.   If you're unsure of what or how to teach your child you will find all my...

Inspire Them, Reading, Reading Strategies / 10.11.2018

In this video you will learn how focusing on talk and conversation can be a great way to increase your child's interest in reading.     Talk about books. Discuss what happened and what could happen if the story carried on. A visit to the cinema can also inspire this kind of talk. This is the fifth video in the series: 6 Ways To Get Your Child Hooked On Reading.  This video series will tell you everything you need to know to get your child hooked on reading....

Challenge Them, Inspire Them, Reading, Reading Strategies, Reviews / 08.11.2018

There is a lot of reading help online but it can vary dramatically in terms of usefulness, price and relevance.  I have picked a few of the most well-known apps and coordinated reading programs.  Most are designed to provide a range of activities and support that will take your child from the first early sound recognition through each stage of the reading journey.     Reading help online: Teach Your Monster to Read This is an engaging app with the simple aim of teaching your monster to read and you along with it....

Inspire Them, Reading, Reading Strategies, Reviews / 06.11.2018

There is a lot of useful information out there about learning to read but it’s often difficult to find or to know how useful it will actually be.  I have found several articles that are aimed at giving information and advice to parents of children who are learning to read. I have listed them here with a short summary of what they cover.   Learning to read: Help Your Child Learn To Read-The BBC This is a basic but very useful article written to introduce the Cbeebies story-time app. The writers talk about...

Inspire Them, Reading, Reading Strategies / 04.11.2018

In this video you will learn about 5 alternatives to hearing your child read and how mixing them up can be a powerful tool to get them hooked.     The books I mention in this video are: The Monkey With a Bright Blue Bottom by Steve Smallman and Nick Schon Billy's Bucket by Kes Gray and Garry Parsons. Mix up your normal reading sessions. Read to them.  Read together.  Talk about books or films.  Tell stories. Act out or play a story.  Play memory games with sounds. This is the third video...

Inspire Them, Read Aloud Together, Reading / 31.10.2018

In this video you will learn how reading to your children can be a powerful tool to support their own reading and get them hooked.     The book I am reading at the end is: The Monkey With a Bright Blue Bottom by Steve Smallman and Nick Schon. Reading to your children and reading with them forms an important part of their development as a reader. This is great even for older children. This is the second video in the series: 6 Ways To Get Your Child Hooked On Reading. This video series...

Reading, Reading Strategies / 29.10.2018

Phonic sounds and words: Learning words and sounds forms an important part of the early stages of reading.  This may be words or sounds that your child is struggling to read or words or sounds that a school has sent home for children to learn them by sight. In this post I have included a few ideas that you can use to help your child learn these words and sounds.   (Head to the bottom of this post to claim your free selection of word and sound cards.)   Phonic sounds and words...