Keep up the super work at home this summer:
Read, read, read…!!
Continue to Support your child’s learning at home
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
Thank you for all your help and support with your child’s reading and homework over the past four months.
Your support will help your child when they return to school in September.
Please continue to do some reading with your child during the holidays. Below I have included some helpful tips and suggestions for you. Its never to early (or too late!) to support your child’s reading at home.
Keep up the good work,
Create a Reader!
- Reading is a vital skill – Anything you can do to help children feel positive and confident about reading will stand them throughout their time at school and well on into their adult lives.
- Start early! There are some wonderful books for babies, with bright colours, textured pages, squeaks and rattles and sound chips.
- You can have your child join the Dundalk library at any age. It has weekly story and rhyme sessions for babies, toddlers and young children – these will encourage your child to see books as exciting and fun, and something to enjoy sharing. Make it your aim this summer to join the Dundalk library – it’s a magical place!
- Read to your child often. A regular story can be a lovely, calming and settling part of the bedtime routine, but do read at other times during the day too. You don’t have to be a brilliant reader yourself, your child will enjoy the experience of sharing a book and some time with you
- And do let your child see you reading for pleasure yourself – books, magazines, newspapers – to build up the association of reading and enjoyment.
Some simple tips:
- Try ensure you’re somewhere reasonably quiet, without distractions such as TV or radio in the background, and you can make yourselves comfortable.
- With a new book, look at the book’s cover and title together. What is it about? What can you see in the picture?
- Give yourselves time to enjoy the story. Don’t read too quickly, and allow time on each page or double page to explore the pictures together and for your child to ask you questions.
- You can have fun trying different voices for different characters, or exaggerating sound-words – roars and squeaks, bangs and whispers. Even if you don’t think you’re a great actor, your child will love the effects. And when your child knows the story well, they might like to join in in places or say certain lines themselves.
- Don’t read for too long at a stretch – for very young children, just a few minutes at a time is enough.
- If your child enjoys a story, be prepared to read it again (and again, and again!). Children love repetition!
- Encourage your child to think about stories afterwards: they might like to act out the story with family members or friends (popular fairy tales like Goldilocks or the Three Little Pigs are particularly good for this).