Your children are setting up their classroom libraries, borrowing from the library and having discussions with their teachers about their reading in preparation for their reading journey to continue. As well as the instruction, learning and practise that happens at school, it is vital that your child does daily reading practise at home. Parents can support this by holding high expectations around this routine and help by setting regular times within family schedules that will allow for quiet, uninterrupted reading time. Ideally this would happen after a snack and be negotiated along with play, screen time and other activities such as sports, dance etc. The reason we ask for children to do this after school reading is in order to apply the strategies they are learning and gain greater exposure to texts. Children need to build up their stamina for extending the amount of time on focused reading.
Students are learning how to select just right books at school and will bring these books home to read.
Although some younger students may need to have a book read to them or have it read with them.
Home reading needs to be a relaxed time where student attempts are praised and reading is seen as a fun, worthwhile task. Bedtime isn’t always the best time to ask your child to read to you, as they could be too tired. Earlier in the day is better. It is however a lovely time for you to read to your child!
This has major payoffs across all learning across all learning areas: