Resources to support reading at home

There are lots of great ways to support young children at home when they are learning to read. Explore these resources to understand how children develop reading skills, and discover fun activities that will reinforce what they are learning in the classroom. 

Reading awareness check

The reading awareness check is a simple observation checklist that families can do at home. The check has been made so families can get a sense of how their Year 1 child is developing in learning to read in English.

The awareness check lists some of the skills you might see your Year 1 child doing at home. If you are concerned about your child’s progress in reading, you might like to discuss the check with your child’s classroom teacher.

The child’s classroom teacher is best placed to advise on how to support the development of literacy skills at home. Teachers will be able to draw on a range of resources from the Literacy Hub that will reinforce learning that is underway in the classroom.

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Parents' guide to helping children with reading and writing at home

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Literacy toolkit

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Guide: How to build your child's literacy skills from birth to Year 2

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Literacy apps

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List of recommended apps to support all students and those with learning difficu...

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Dialogic reading: An effective way to read aloud with young children

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Proven strategies on how to encourage conversation around books.

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Little People's Literacy Learning: A guide for engaging parents and carers: Reading

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A short guide offering tips for encouraging reading development in children.

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Oral language development

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This video discusses links between oral language skills and literacy development...

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Shared reading

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Parent resources from the Five from Five alliance

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The foundations of literacy begin to develop in the early years of life.

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