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Reading - A critical life skill

26/07/2013

​Reading is a critical life skill that helps us to function in today’s society. Many of our daily activities include reading. To become effective readers, our children need to develop the skills that allow them to read fluently and to understand the meaning of what they read. You can help with the development of your child’s reading by:

  • providing your child with real purposes for reading
  • providing your child with opportunities to read
  • serving as a ‘model reader’ by reading for yourself and reading to your child
  • praising and valuing your child’s reading efforts so that he or she will continue to read

To develop reading skills and fluency, students are taught specific strategies to encourage them to have a go at unfamiliar words. When reading with your child if they are having difficulty with an unfamiliar word you can remind them to use one of the following strategies:

  •  look at the picture
  •  look at all the word
  •  sound out the word aloud
  •  break the word into chunks
  •  read on
  •  look for small words in big words

All of these strategies are important and will help your child to become a confident, fluent reader.

Deputy Principal - Karla Cochrane - Prepratory to Year 2