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Reading with your Child – A Guide          

10/10/2017 - Rita Conroy (Reading Recovery Tutor)

This guide can be downloaded in pdf form by clicking here.

Reading aloud...

  • stimulates your child's imagination
  • provides your child with a positive role model – parent/guardian
  • creates a bond between you and your child
  • helps your child to understand stories and 'book language'
  • builds vocabulary
  • improves your child's listening skills
  • develops your child's interest in reading and in books

Set aside a time to read aloud to your child.

The Book Walk

Talk about the pictures and what your child thinks the story is about. This is really helpful to your child as he/she becomes engaged with books/stories etc… It also helps your child develop a sense of the story sequence before the reading begins. It generates orally a lot of the vocabulary that will be in the written story. It gives your child confidence in telling the story orally.

Read a favourite story more than once.
If your child asks for a story to be read again….read it again!  The repetition assists your child in gaining word recognition, story sequence, vocabulary, story book language, etc. Most importantly, your child is enjoying the story!

  • Focus on enjoyment.
    Choose stories that both of you will enjoy. Think about what your child's favourite things are or what they like to do. 
  • Read from a variety of booksfrom fiction and non-fiction. Nursery Rhyme books, traditional tales, fairy tales, factual books on animals, jobs etc…

Junior Infants – School Book Bags:Your child may have begun phonics in the classroom and perhaps they are telling you “That letter says ‘s’, ‘a’ etc. Encourage this when it occurs but do not force it as your child may not be ready for it yet. Your child will indicate when he/she is at this stage.

Senior Infants: Shared Reading : Your child will be blending sounds together to read words and perhaps is reading sentences/text well at this stage. So it’s time for the shared reading approach where the child reads some of the story – a sentence here and there and the parent/guardian reads too. Remember to chat about the books too as this will foster greater engagement with the stories where your child gets the chance to give their thoughts about characters and events in the story. Later your child will be bringing home books that they can read themselves. Encourage and congratulate them in their reading success.

First and Second class: Readers etc : Remember to do the book walk. Encourage your child to look at the pictures as “A picture paints a thousand words.” Your child will be self-correcting slight errors or omissions as they read….allow them the time to do this as it is a real sign of progress in reading – that your child is noticing an error and fixing it themselves.

Remember………books don’t need charging, batteries or the latest updated version.


Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”- Emilie Buchwald

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