Sharing a book is the best way to take some chill-out time during a hectic day. It’s also a great way to improve your child’s reading, whatever their age. After all, the more reading you do together – the better they’ll do at school.

  • Read new words
  • Post-it new words
  • Take stories everywhere

Sound out new words together

How to: Read and sound out new words together. Follow new words with your finger as you read them with your child. Talk about which words rhyme with the new word you’ve learned.

Write tricky words on a post-it

How to: Write new or tricky words on a post-it or a piece of paper and stick it to the fridge. Ask your child to read the words to you every time you see them together.

Encourage your child to read you a story

How to: Bring books with you wherever you go. Read as much as you can, whenever you can – whether you’re on the bus, at the park or chilling out at home. Ask your child to read anything they like to you.

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

Don't forget about the everyday Count ideas.

Handy tips

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Children love being read to – even when they can read themselves

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Find opportunities for equal sharing (e.g. 3 grapes each)

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Praise and encourage your children regularly