At Reginald Mitchell, we expect family at home to read these books with their child 3 times a week, ideally daily and make comments in their child’s reading record. By the time children leave Reginald Mitchell they are competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres including poetry, and participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader.
We recognise that reading at home can sometimes become a struggle for some parents, especially when they have done a full day at school! Here are some top tips to keep them motivated!
Find the right time - don't leave it too late where your child is too tired, the library reading book is a great book to share at bedtime as it will be you doing most of the talking!
Find the right place - get comfy! Find somewhere quiet where you can snuggle up together and have 5 minutes reading.
Little and often - Little and often is far better than trying to read the whole book twice a week. It would be much more beneficial to read daily but just a couple of pages - drip feed, practise and apply!
No distractions - Make sure there are no distractions. Have they had a drink, maybe a snack before hand so no excuses. Could even have a biscuit whilst reading!
Take turns - There is no reason why you can't read a line or few, especially if you can see them going off task. Just say 'Oh can I read this line!?'
Be positive - PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE! If they get stuck, help them - model to them, that is fine - you are teaching them.
The link below is a more detailed document of reading at home, expectations and ways to support.