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!
Ask your child to write about a castle they would build for a King or Queen. They could think about how many rooms it would have, what might be in the rooms, and what they’d be used for.
Kids love to talk about their favourite characters from their tv shows or cartoons they like. You could get them to write about them, too. Ask your child to say why they like that character? Are they funny, clever, do they have special powers?
Lots of kids are fascinated by space, and the idea of walking on the moon. You could take a chat about space travel even further, and watch some YouTube videos together, or interviews with astronaut Tim Peake. A question like ‘What would you take into space?’ could inspire some fun replies! And you could help your child to write down five items they would take into space with them.