Reading

It may feel hard to find 20 minutes each day to read with your child, but the cost of not doing this is far too great. Children who read for just 20 minutes per day see 1.8 million words each year and have scores on standardised tests in the 90th percentile (because they have experienced so many words!). Compare this with the child who is reading for just 1 minute per day, they only see 8000 Read more

Learning to read is a complex task, and takes lots of time and practice. Here are some ideas for reading at home with your child to make it a productive and rewarding activity. Make reading sessions short It's ideal to give undivided attention when reading at home with your child. Short, regular sessions of about 10-20 minutes are better than having a long session once Read more

Telling stories is not always easy. To tell a story you need to: tell who the story is about, where and when it happened; put the story in the right order - beginning, middle, end; give details about what happened first, next, at the end; suggest why the events happened; tell how the characters felt and why (more difficult for young children); use Read more

A great many children who are referred to Learning Links are experiencing difficulties in the area of reading. Some students experience problems in the mechanics of reading, for example phonological awareness, some experience problems comprehending what they read, whilst others experience problems in both of these areas. Many students do not see themselves as readers, even though they have Read more

Being a parent means you're your child's first teacher - it also means you can help your child to read! Learning to read is closely linked with language growth and the best way to develop your child’s language and reading abilities is to develop an interest and a positive attitude to reading in a relaxed home environment. It is important not to place any demands on a child to develop any Read more