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“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”

The Active Education Reading Course focuses on simple and practical ideas parents can use to assist their child to read fluently and easily.

Reading Strategies

Research based Reading Recovery prompts devised and tested by Dame Marie Clay, are overviewed and at the end of the two hour session parents are easily able to use this language to encourage thier child to become independent readers.

Early Reading Behaviours

These are the behaviours you expect to see young children understand by watching you reading books. Things like readers read from left to right and top to bottom and that words have meaning.

Independent Reading Behaviours

These are the strategies children use independently to assist them at difficulty to fix a mistake, search for more information from the picture, or by taking an extra look at the word to check if they have used the correct word. They may re-read the sentence to check for meaning. All these behaviours are discussed and parents understand the importance of these and the need to praise all attempts at self correction. Specific praise and prompts encourages their children to become independent readers.

Introducing a new book

It is so important to give your child a rich book introduction. This means talking through the book prior to reading, introducing any tricky language and overviewing the story line of the book. Linking the story to your child’s prior knowledge gives them an easy avenue to understand and access the book. Take five minutes to do this before the child attempts to read a new book.

“Books are the quietest and most constant friends;
they are the most accessible
and wisest counsellors,
and the most patient of teachers”

English Educator

Reading for Young Children

Pre-school/Prep Children

Choose beautiful books when you are reading to young children. The very best literature books are awarded prizes each year for illustrations and enticing stories. Look out for these books clearly labelled with award stickers on the front cover. Encourage your child to select books that appeal to them.

Good quality children’s books are available free at all local libraries, school libraries, and for purchase at second hand bookshops, supermarket checkouts and bookstores. Books are great stocking fillers and gifts!

Reluctant Primary School Readers

Older readers who are struggling with books can be very, very difficult to motivate to even pick up a book. Try these tips. To develop a love of literacy you read an age appropriate book to them out loud with loads of expression and they will be riveted. Engage them in the fun of reading. Ask the teacher or the school librarian for some good quality read aloud books. Kids love authors such as Paul Jennings and Roald Dahl.

To get the older reluctant reader holding a book and actually reading for enjoyment make sure the book is in your child’s control. Use high interest, low level books and always get your child to check if they can read the book using the five finger test.

Five Finger Test.

Get your child to select a book and read the first page. If they make five mistakes – one for each finger – on the first page, then this book is too tricky. Choose another book, or you could read the book to your child.

High interest low level books.

As children get older (age 10), they want to be reading books that look like novels and have chapters. If your child is still having trouble reading, ask the teacher, librarian or bookshop for ‘high interest low level’ books.

This means that the reading age of the book may be around a 7 to 8-year-old level, but the information and storyline suit a 10 to 12-year-old.

Reading: The Secret

Reading and writing improves whenever your child reads and writes. It is as simple as that! The more you read, the better you get. Good independent readers are able to read familiar books fluently and work through new books using a variety of reading strategies to understand the text. It is important that the book is not too hard, or your child will become frustrated and give up. Reading for 20-30minutes a day is the best way to improve reading.

Why not find out more by purchasing these great ebooks for $1

Reading: Practical Ideas for Parents Special $1

A simple ebook which empowers parents to support their child to learn to read in the home. Proven strategies that encourage the child to become an independent reader without all the tears. Find out how to get your child reading less like a robot and sound more like talking. Simple steps to help them to comprehend what they are reading. See what parents had to say testimonials

“Since following the seven reading strategies with my children I have noticed major positive changes in their reading abilities.

My son now scans the book before we read it and checks for any ‘tricky’ words. Following just this simple step alone has made a huge difference in the enjoyment of the book. By checking for these ‘tricky’ words prior to him actually reading means he doesn’t have to stop and stumble. He now actually reads ‘like he is talking’ all on his own. It is rare for me now to have to tell him to ‘make it sound like talking’ as he is doing this when he reads now.”

Parent: Shauna Blatt

Reading 3-5 year olds: Practical Ideas for Parents Special $1

A comprehensive review of how as a parent, grandparent or reading mentor can support the growth of literacy in children aged 3-5years. It covers material about how the process continues into functional literacy and discusses the areas of oral literacy, reading and writing. Find out how you can begin and continue to provide your child with a rich and fertile literacy grounding and how you can build imagination, language and critical comprehension. This is a must read for all parents and teachers or teacher aides.

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