At Eton Park we recognise that learning to read is one of the most important skills a child can master. Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.
In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.
How can I help my child?
Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what’s printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It’s important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child doesn’t understand every word, they’ll hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out in different contexts. You could also encourage them to find out the meaning of any new words that are introduced to them.
To help keep children motivated to read, you could find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.
We encourage children to read at home five times a week and ask that parents sign their reading diary to show that they have read. The information sheet below provides parents with guidance about home reading. We hope you find it useful.