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.
- Access Helping young children to read – What parents can do – a great resource for families.
- Make time to read every day with your child.
- Share the pleasure in stories through sites such as Storyline Online.
- Provide varied reading material — some for reading pleasure and some with information about your child’s hobbies and interests.
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