Reading at home with your child

November 18th 2022

We ask children to read at home with an adult at least 3 times a week. Reading at home has astonishing benefits for children: comfort and reassurance, confidence and security, relaxation, happiness and fun. It builds self-esteem, vocabulary, feeds imagination and can even improve their sleeping patterns.

Listed below are some comments which may help you when writing in your child’s reading diary to describe how your child has read to you at home. To build a realistic picture and encourage your child appropriately, it is essential for both parent and teacher to have an open and honest dialogue and as such, it is important to record both positive and developmental comments.

  • Read familiar words independently.
  • Able to predict what happens next in the text.
  • Showed good understanding of the text
  • Read with good expression.
  • Worked out new words by sounding them out.
  • Discussed the story and characters well.
  • Self-corrected own errors independently
  • Used the picture cues and the first sound of a word to work out words
  • Read with fluency and expression
  • Struggled to concentrate.
  • Self-corrected his/her own errors
  • Found this book too hard to read
  • Able to read this book with lots of help
  • Struggled to work out a lot of the vocabulary
  • Read all words but without expression
  • Created tension as he did not want to read
  • Did not understand what he has read

These statements are just a guide; please feel free to alter the wording and write what best suits your experiences. For more information, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Kind Regards,

Miss Warnock