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'Shine Like A Star' Philippians 2:15

Reading at home

Reading books aloud to your child stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Even after children learn to read by themselves, it's still important for you to read aloud together.


Sometime, finding books can be difficult so below is a list of websites which have books to read as well as many wonderful activities you can do with books.


The websites below have free access to books being read aloud or online e books.


Mrs P’s Magic Library


Being read aloud to is beneficial to for all as:

* It creates an opportunity to have special time together
*It can be relaxing
*It provides an opportunity to talk about the book
*Children can listen to stories they would not be able to read by themselves

Reading all around COUNTS: sign posts on a walk, cereal packets at the breakfast table, recipes, letters, lyrics to favourite songs, blogs and video games.

Any reading COUNTS and you child, as a reader, has the right to pick and choose what they read.

Things parents can do to encourage reading:

  • Buy books as a present

  • Share their book preferences 

  • Have a dictionary on hand - be word aware!

  • Be interested

  • Set aside a time and place to read

  • Compare the book to the film

  • Let your child see you as a reader

  • Two copies of the same book – distant relative

When safe to do so:

  • Book shop visits

  • Local library visits

Where we read COUNTS and getting ready to read COUNTS. Take a look at this handy checklist for parents.



Children seeing their parents read COUNTS.

Take an interest in what your child reads.

Talking about the pictures COUNTS

Asking about the book COUNTS. Here are some questions you could ask:

  • Tell me a little more.

  • How do you know?

  • Why do you think that?

  • What helped you work that out/understand what was going on?

  • When did you realise that?

  • Is there anything that puzzles you?

  • Did it remind you of anything else you have read, seen or know?

  • What made you change your mind?

  • Could there be a different reason why..?

Talking about books COUNTS.

It helps children to:

  • trust their own ideas

  • to talk effectively about a book

  • deepening their understanding

  • shifting their ideas

Works best when:

  • quality of the book determines the depth of discussion

  • all answers positively accepted

  • children encouraged to raise questions

  • change their minds


Prompts which may be useful:

I like the part….because…

 I don’t like the part….because…

 It makes me feel….because…

It makes me think of….. because…. 

I remember ……when I look at/ read it…

I think the main idea is….because….

I think…..because….

 I agree with ….. because…

 I disagree with….because..

I want to say more….. 

I’d like to ask ……. a question….

It is the same because….

 It is different because….

 It reminds me of ….. because..

It appears to be ….. because…. 

In comparison to……


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