Key Stage 1
FOR PARENTS WHO WOULD LIKE TO HELP THEIR CHILD READ
A free website built to help you help your child learn to read and love to read.
. Help your child’s reading
. Over 100 FREE ebooks to enjoy with your child
. Phonics guide (including how to say the sounds correctly)
. Ideas for motivating boys and girls to read
. Great ways to keep up with reading in the holidays
. Reading games and activities.
Ten Read Aloud Commandments
1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.
2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.
3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and dont be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.
4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.
5. Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again, and always read in the same tune for each book: i.e. with the same intonations on each page, each time.
6. Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, or anything else connected to the book; or sing any old song that you can remember; or say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or be noisy together doing clapping games.
7. Look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books for young children, and make sure the books are really short.
8. Play games with the things that you and the child can see on the page, such as letting kids finish rhymes, and finding the letters that start the childs name and yours, remembering that its never work, its always a fabulous game.
9. Never ever teach reading, or get tense around books.
10. Please read aloud every day, mums and dads, because you just love being with your child, not because its the right thing to do.