Encouraging a child to read is one of the most important things a parent can do. Reading has a positive impact on a child's development and helps them fulfil their life potential. Watch the video and improve your language skills as you complete the activities.


Task 1 - comprehension

Task 2 - vocabulary

Task 3 - summary


Reading isn't really a priority for me because I have so much more to do to. Running them around to different activities, it's just hard to fit everything into the day really.

My lot love books. You just do it from an early age. Introduce them from an early age and they just do it. You read them to them at bedtime, you take five minutes out of your day to read to them and they enjoy it.

Why is reading so important for children?

Encouraging your child to read can be one of the most important things you can do. It has a significant positive impact, not only on their attainment but by helping them fulfil their life potential. There are very, very strong links between reading confidence, reading enjoyment and also attainment in school.


Choose lots of different types of books

They like reading all kinds of books. I don't think there's much they dislike. I mean Enid Blyton is a particular favourite. Roald Dahl is a favourite and both of those authors, they write with lots of flowery language that they like and it brings things to life for them. They also read a lot on the internet, so we're currently researching for a school project about the Great Plague. So, we'll research that in the library with books and we'll also research that on the internet to get actual pictures that we can print out and use in their project to make a poster.

Reading doesn’t have to be boring


Find out which books your child is reading at school

Lots of kids find reading boring. Books don't have to be fiction, they don't have to be chapter books. There are lots of ways that kids can experience reading, from magazines, to comic books, to how-tos, to manuals on how to build your own skateboard. It's all about finding what they're interested in and that will help them see that reading isn't boring.

What I like about reading is that some books are really exciting to read and you can't stop yourself from reading them.

What we've started doing as they're progressing into reading more fluently is we'll let them read and then we'll do a quiz afterwards. So, we'll scan a chapter and we'll look at it and we'll pick out questions. We'll say, "What was the wizard wearing when he entered the room?" and then if she can describe back what he was wearing, obviously it means she's understood what it was actually saying.

How can dad help with reading?

Dad's job is often to be fun and dads are often good at putting on the voices and doing the growly monsters and maybe doing the sound effects and just making the reading a bit of pleasure.

And she shut the door. Boomph!

Even if reading isn't your thing, you can still make reading a priority for your child. Just a few minutes before they go to bed, encourage them to sit down with a book. It doesn't matter what it is, it doesn't matter what the topic is. It could be mostly a picture book. Just getting in the habit of reading a book can make a big difference to your child.

The younger two get bedtime stories and during the day, I'll read to him. He does his little drawing and so I make the time.

Read to your children

Share books with them

Offer your child magazines and comics

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