Let’s Read! Part 2: … And then they start school

The second video in ‘How to Build a Love of Reading’ shares how it’s no secret that activities at home are a very important part of any reading programme.

The love of reading is such an important part of the progress of overall learning that I cannot emphasize strongly enough…this must not be squashed by common mistakes such as:

  • Insisting a child reads their ‘reader’ to you
  • Comparing your child’s progress with other children
  • Correcting while they are reading
  • Interrupting with ‘important’ thoughts


  • How do you support school reading programmes?
  • What do you look for?
  • What strategies do you expect to see developing?
  • When and how do you ‘help’?

Reading from:

  • Library books (child selected)
  • Self created shopping lists
  • Street maps and directions
  • Signage
  • Rules (at play areas, movie theatres, sports events etc.)

Have them read to:

  • a toy
  • a pet
  • a family member
  • your toes!!!
  • themselves

Where to read:

  • on the toilet
  • up a tree
  • under the table
  • in a cubby

Fun reading:

  • read a page about.
  • reading a book backwards page by page (emphasizes reading must make sense and is sequential.)
  • you read – they watch for the mistake you make (silent reading and self correction)

There are a set of word attack strategies your child will now be learning and these are available on our little bookmarks. Littlies begin with these as they ‘learn the code’ and older children use the strategies as in our set of senior bookmarks.

Facts …..so relax:

  • Children are tired at the end of a school day – so choose reading time carefully!
  • Boys often don’t ‘take’ to reading until that frontal cortex is developed and this is usually around 7…So if they are behind the norm at 6 …chill!!!
  • ‘Books’ are only one small part of reading! Maps, games, instructions etc. also need to be read. (We will look at this in the next video)
  • Being read to is just as important in language development (more complex language patterns and new vocabulary and concepts) and enhances love of reading and desire to read!!

Previous Video: Let’s Read! Part 1: Feed your baby language!

Next Video: Let’s Read! Part 3: To read or not to read


Thank you,

Chief Learning Officer