Reading with your child
Research shows that a child who reads for pleasure will do better at school, even in subjects like maths.
Not only that, reading with your child can actually be a great way to bond, talk about the day, and have some fun (unless you're faced with pulling a costume out of the bag with a few hours notice - we've all been there, it's definitely not fun).
And it's worth knowing that if you keep reading to your child, even once they've reached primary school or started to read on their own, it will help them to:
- understand the world around them
- develop social and emotional skills
- improve at school in English, science, maths and other subjects
- build confidence and communications
- strengthen their bond with you and other family members
But what if your child doesn't think it's fun?
"I hate reading. It's hard, it's boring."
If your child finds reading hard, boring or lonely - you're not alone, to help the The Book Trust have put together some really useful advice about engaging reluctant readers.
What shall we read?
Book finder has great book recommendations which you can search based on age range and themes to help you find your next book. The World Book Day website also has recommended book lists, which you can browse, or why not visit your local library?
Not everyone feels confident about reading aloud, for more advice and tips about reading with your child visit The Book Trust.
As well as reading with your child there are some apps that can help them with their reading. The National Literacy Trust have produced a list of reading apps and information how to get the best out of them.
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