Tips for Reading with your Child


  1. Read to your child as often as you can.
  2. Talk about books /characters / plots.
  3. Enrol your child in the local library.
  4. Provide a good role model by reading yourself / other family members.
  5. Keep audio tapes of familiar stories to play in the car.
  6. Vary the type of books read – stories / poems / information.
  7. Accept your child’s efforts with praise.
  8. Concentrate on what he /she got right.
  9. Make reading together enjoyable.
  10. Take part in school based initiatives like ‘Shared Reading’.

1st – 2nd Class:

  1. Continue to read to your child every day.
  2. Read some of the books your child enjoys so you can discuss them with him/her.
  3. Encourage your child to read to younger brothers/ sisters.
  4. Ensure that your child knows that you value and enjoy reading yourself.
  5. Make sure there is a wide variety of reading material in your home – newspapers, magazines, information, cookery books etc.
  6. Enrol and encourage your child to visit the local library once a week…
  7. Discuss favourite authors.
  8. Encourage your child to read articles / headlines in newspapers.
  9. Encourage your child to guess unknown words.
  10. Take part in school based initiatives like ‘Shared Reading ’