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How to help your child with reading. * What is reading?. * Reading and the 21 st Century. * What can I do to help?. * What is available to support me?. * Questions. What is reading?. Prior Knowledge. What do we already know about this subject/type of book/author/film-maker?.

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How to help your child with reading

How to help your child with reading...

* What is reading?

* Reading and the 21st Century

* What can I do to help?

* What is available to support me?

* Questions

What is reading
What is reading?

Prior Knowledge

  • What do we already know about this subject/type of book/author/film-maker?

  • What words might we expect?

  • What experiences have we had like this?

Socio-Cultural Knowledge

  • What cultural and social practices surround this type of text?

Syntactic Knowledge

  • Does it sound right?


  • Is that correct English grammar?

  • Does that make sense?

  • Does that fit what you know?

  • Does that match the picture?

Graphophonic Knowledge

  • Comprehension

  • Sound symbol relationships

  • What sounds do these chunks make?

Reading and the 21 st century
Reading and the 21st Century

Reading is more than understanding print matter.

It involves making meaning from a variety of texts including:

  • Television

  • Packaging

  • Video Games

  • Road Signs

  • Movies

  • Radio Programs

  • Mobile Phones

Phonics by itself is not enough
Phonics by itself is not enough…

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is that the frist and lsat ltteers are in the rghit pclae: the rset can be a toatl mses but you can still raed it wouthit a porbelm. This is bcuseae we don’t raed ervey lteter but the word as a wlohe.

What can i do to help
What can I do to help?

Strong oral language is the foundation of successful reading.

Talk is central to all aspects of literacy development.

  • Modelreading to your child. It is important for your child to see you

  • reading for real purposes and enjoyment.

  • Continue to read to your children even when they can read independently.

  • Make a time in your daily routine when you and your child are relaxed, to read

  • together. This reading time (10 – 15 minutes each day) should not be stressful,

  • rushed or tested.

  • Support your child’s reading choices. Find ways to read texts that they want to

  • read. This may include comic books, computer programs, graphic novels or

  • magazines. Remember, easier texts help children to automatize reading

  • strategies and skills, allowing for deeper comprehension and understanding to occur.

  • Promote reading. Use books, audio books and electronic books as rewards,

  • gifts and incentives.

Strategies to support readers
Strategies to support readers…

Prior to Reading:

  • Book Orientation

While Reading:

  • Pause

  • Prompt

  • Praise

After Reading:

  • Talk!

  • Follow up activities


Thank you for your time. If you would like further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Remember – reading should be meaningful

and fun!