Have fun sharing books with these tips:
- Talk about the book’s cover and point out the title.
- Let your child hold the book and turn the pages.
- Encourage them to talk about the pictures.
- Use different voices for different characters. Add in sound effects like splashing in puddles, beeping car horns or animal sounds.
- When the story is finished, you could ask them if they liked it and if they had a favourite character.
Make a den together (a cloth over a table), with space for both of you to share. You can make your den part of the story – it could be a monster’s cave, a rocket ship, or a princess’ tower.
Talk to your child about what you did as a child. Involve the whole family - grandparents may have stories to share from when they were growing up!
Did you know?
Children who were read to regularly by their parents at age five performed better in maths, vocabulary and spelling tests at age 16 than those who were not helped in this way?
Children often have a favourite story they want to hear again and again? This helps them to learn the word order and link the written word to the story – which are the first steps in learning to read!
Singing songs and rhymesSongs and rhymes develop children’s language, vocabulary, movement and coordination if they include actions. Many also help with learning to count.Learn more
Get out and about with your childEncourage your child to explore the world around them with these tips.Learn more
Have fun drawing and paintingPainting and drawing help your child develop their concentration, creativity, and the skills they will need for writing.Learn more