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Sharing a book

Sharing a book is a calming way for you and your kids to take time out during a hectic day. It’s also a great opportunity to squeeze in a little reading. Pick out a book together, sit back – and relax.

Read new words

When you come across some new words, try sounding them out together.

Try it out: Reading and sounding out new words really helps bring them to life, and makes it easier for youngsters to remember them. You can follow new words with your finger as you read them with your child - and to really get them thinking, you could talk about which words rhyme with the new word they’ve learned.

Pop new words on scrap paper

How’s this for an easy way to make tricky words that little bit less troublesome?

Try it out: You can have fun turning tricky or new words into a game, by writing them down on a post-it or a piece of paper and sticking them to the fridge. Then when you’re in the kitchen together, your child can read the words to you.

Take stories everywhere

Kids love stories - and they often enjoy being the storyteller! So why not let your child read to you?

Try it out: By taking a book with you wherever you go, you can read together wherever you are! It’s an easy way to turn a bus journey, a visit to the park, or even a quiet afternoon at home into an adventure - especially if your child gets to choose what to read to you!

Hey! There are loads of fun ways to Write too.

Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips

Get your kids to help a ‘book buddy’ to read. Buddies can be a younger sister or brother, or even a favourite soft toy. Letting your child help their book buddy to read will keep them occupied, and help them with their own reading.

If you don’t have stairs in your home, you could count footsteps on the way to bed instead. You could try guessing how many steps before they reach their bedroom door? How many steps from the door to their bed? Then count them out to get the number.

If you come across a new word while you’re reading a story, try making up funny sentences with the new word.