Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. In fact there’s evidence to suggest that reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.
The short answer is: a lot! Parents are by far the most important educators in a child’s life and it’s never too young for a child to start, even if you’re only reading with your child for a few minutes a day. Before they’re born, babies learn to recognize their parents’ voices. Reading to your baby from the time they’re born gives them the comfort of your voice and increases their exposure to language.
Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out print. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a rich and wide vocabulary, which helps improve their language and understanding. Even if your child doesn’t understand every word, they’ll hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard.
Reading together should be fun so pick books that you both enjoy! You can share picture books, chapter books, poetry and non-fiction, find what interests your child. The library is a perfect option if you are struggling for choice.
If you’re at home, why not sit closely together somewhere cosy and quiet so you can immerse yourselves in the story. Sharing a story together can also be fun if you’re out and about. You can share books anywhere – on a train, in the park, or while you’re waiting in a long shopping queue!
Carlton Junior and Infant School
Upper Road, Dewsbury,
West Yorkshire, WF13 2DQ
Tel: 01924 325265
If you have any queries or require further information please contact school by email, telephone or letter and the office staff (Mrs O'Brien or Mrs Hussain) will be more than happy to help in any way they can.
Headteacher: Ms Mahmood
Chair of Governors: Mr A Afzal
SENCO: Miss E Hewitt