You Can Help Your Child Learn to Read Why You Really Should

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    YOU can help your child learn to read

    (& why you really should!)

    By Belinda Griffin

    Copyright 2014 Belinda Griffin

    Smashwords Edition

    Smashwords Edition, Licence Notes

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    www$readerwriterforlife$com$ han! yo" for yo"r s"pport$

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    Contents

    (elcome

    he secret to a happy child

    he one thing yo" need to do N)( to get yo"r child reading

    *n introd"ction to phonics

    Get reading+ 1 ideas that really wor!

    (hat-s ne.t/

    *#o"t the a"thor

    *#o"t eader(riterforLife$com

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    Welcome

    (elcome to eader (riter for Life+ han! yo" for signing "p to 'oin the tri#e of parents who

    "nderstand the positie effects reading can hae on their children #oth now and in the f"t"re$

    &-m ery happy to #e sending yo" this g"ide, and if yo" hae re"ested it #eca"se yo" want a

    happier child, a #etter #ehaed child, a child that does well in school and pays attention, or

    een if yo"-re '"st loo!ing for a way to hae a great relationship with yo"r child, & can tell

    yo" that yo" can achiee *LL of these o"tcomes simply #y doing this one thing$

    HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN TO READ.

    hat-s it$ &t really is that simple$

    here is so m"ch eidence that children who read well do #etter at school, learn #etter all

    ro"nd, are happier and do #etter in life % so do this one thing and yo" can ma!e a h"ge

    difference to yo"r child-s life$ 3o" can open doors for them$

    o yo" really need a g"ide to tell yo" that/ 5ay#e not$ B"t can yo" say hand on heart that

    yo" are helping yo"r child in the #est way possi#le/ on-t leae it all to teachers and don-t

    thin! school will ta!e care of it all6 school is '"st the start$ (e as parents need to do o"r #it at

    home too$ *re yo" doing eno"gh/

    *t eader(riterforLife$com & s"pport proactie parents who desperately want to help their

    children s"cceed with reading, #"t who sometimes feel oerwhelmed #y the challenge %

    #eca"se it isn-t always easy+ &f that-s yo", & !now & can help$

    his g"ide is diided into fo"r sections7

    he secret to a happy child 8or, the #enefits of reading+9

    he one thing yo" need to do N)( to get yo"r child reading

    *n introd"ction to phonics

    :l"s, an inal"a#le list of reading actiity ideas that yo" can try )*3 to

    start helping yo"r child with their reading immediately$

    emem#er, this isn-t all a#o"t reading, it-s a#o"t giing yo"r child the #est chance at a #rightf"t"re, and there-s nothing more precio"s than that$

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    ;ere-s to a great reading 'o"rney for yo" and yo"r child+

    al! soon

    Belinda x

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    The secret to a happy child

    (hateer yo"r #ac!gro"nd, whateer yo"r social stat"s or howeer m"ch money yo" earn, &

    don-t care who yo" are6 if yo"-re a loing parent yo" will want the ery #est for yo"r child$

    S"re we might want them to #e rich, good loo!ing, s"ccessf"l, #"t mostly we '"st want them

    to #e happy and healthy$

    B"t there is a lin! #etween health, happiness and s"ccess$ So of co"rse we want o"r !ids to

    grow "p to get 'o#s and earn eno"gh to get #y to ens"re their happiness and s"ccess$

    No one can g"arantee yo"r child-s f"t"re, and &-m certainly not going to do that$ B"t & will

    tell yo" one !ey that will most definitely get things going in the right direction$ )r at least,

    witho"t this, there-s a pretty good chance yo"r child will str"ggle in life$

    &f yo" want yo"r child to hae the #est chance at a #right f"t"re, if yo" want them to hae a

    #etter start in life than perhaps yo" had, if yo" want to open the door to opport"nities, to

    improe their f"t"re 'o# prospects and earning potential, then yo" need to ma!e s"re of this

    one thing"st to ma!e things really simple, here are a few facts7

    1 in ? children left primary school in 201@ "na#le to read to the re"ired

    standard % that-s aro"nd ?A,00 children$

    ?0 of p"pils permanently e.cl"ded from school hae diffic"lties in #asic

    literacy s!ills$

    2A of yo"ng offenders are said to hae reading s!ills #elow those of the

    aerage ?%year%old$

    0 of the prison pop"lation is said to hae diffic"lties in #asic literacy s!ills$

    10 to 1%year%olds who read for pleas"re do #etter at school$

    eading #oo!s is the only o"t%of%school actiity for 1%year%olds

    demonstra#ly lin!ed to sec"ring managerial or professional 'o#s$

    * person with poor literacy is more li!ely to lie in a non%wor!ing ho"sehold$

    &n )cto#er 201@ English 1 to 24 year olds came 22nd o"t of 24 co"ntries

    meas"red for literacy leels #y the )EC$

    :arents are the most important reading role models for children and yo"ng

    people$

    id yo" spot that last one/ &t-s parents % yo" and me % who are o"r children-s reading role

    models$ on-t leae yo"r child-s f"t"re s"ccess totally "p to school, do yo"r #it too$

    So if yo" want yo"r child to #e happy % now and in the f"t"re % yo" need to ma!e s"re of this

    one thing to gie them the #est chance of e.periencing that happiness7

    Your child must learn to read!

    han!f"lly, there is one simple thing yo" can start doing )*3 that will help yo" help

    yo"r child with their reading$ ead on to find o"t what it is+

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    The one thing you need to do NOW to get your child reading

    So yo" want to !now the one thing yo" need to do to get yo"r child reading/ (ell it-s

    act"ally pretty simple and yo"-re pro#a#ly already doing it$

    Sorry if that-s disappointing, #"t the one thing yo" need to do is< engage with yo"r child-s

    reading+

    & !now what yo"-re thin!ing$ :ro#a#ly something along the lines of DSerio"sly/ hat-s it/-

    S"re, it so"nds easy eno"gh % and it really is pretty easy % #"t wow do we ma!e it hard for

    o"rseles+

    Beca"se een if yo" thin! yo"-re p"tting in loads of effort % yo"-re reading to yo"r child and

    listening to them read to yo" and may#e yo"-e een spent a heap of money on wor!#oo!s,

    apps and whateer the latest Dteach yo"r child to read- programme is % yo"-re pro#a#ly not

    tr"ly engaging$

    Don"t boo# the bootcam$ %et

    (e lie in a ery competitie society$ No matter how friendly the parents are in yo"r

    playgro"nd, there-s no escaping the disc"ssion a#o"t how eeryone-s child is doing$ Een if

    no one is trying to ma!e anyone else feel #ad, it can #e to"gh to aoid comparing yo"r child

    with others in the class$

    he res"lt of this can #e panic$ *nd panic leads to e.treme action % which isnt f"n for yo" or

    yo"r child$ So whereas it co"ld #e yo" '"st need to spend a #it more f"n time with yo"r child

    sharing #oo!s, or een #ac! off so that yo"r child '"st en'oys reading and reading doesnt

    #ecome a feared or forced actiity, many of "s will instead ta!e drastic meas"res$

    5ay#e yo" enrol yo"r child with F"mon, or another e.tra t"ition programme, may#e yo"

    re"est an "rgent meeting with yo"r child-s teacher, or perhaps yo" leae a plea for adice on

    Netm"ms, 5"msnet or social media$

    3o" can do these thing if it helps yo", #"t o"r !ids learning to read sho"ldn-t #e a

    competition or a race$ 3o" can try e.tra t"toring or a ery e.pensie Dlearn to read- co"rse,

    and yo"r child may improe as a res"lt, #"t is it really necessary/

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    (hen yo" engage with yo"r child-s attempts to read yo" can #e gen"inely pro"d of their

    effort$ 3o"-ll !now what they find easy and what-s more diffic"lt for them, and yo" can #e

    aware of their challenges and #rea!thro"ghs$ 3o" don-t need to wait for yo"r child-s teacher

    to tell yo" that yo"r child is improing or has done something really well % yo"-ll already

    !now$ *nd if yo"r child #egins to str"ggle, yo"-ll #e ready to help them thro"gh$

    &hat"s ne't(

    Engaging with yo"r child-s reading is '"st the first step$ o find o"t more a#o"t how to

    engage with yo"r child-s reading try the actiities at the end of this g"ide$ o #egin to get to

    grips with phonics, read on+

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    hro"gh phonics children learn the indiid"al letter so"nds 8phonemes9, s"ch as JoJ and JpJ$

    hen they learn the phonemes com#inations of letters ma!e, s"ch as JshJ$ hey then learn to

    #lend the phonemes together to ma!e words, s"ch as JshJ JoJ JpJ K shop$

    Children learn so"nds in gro"ps, starting with the simplest so"nds that together ma!e "p

    short, easy to decode words, s"ch as JrJ JeJ JdJ K red and JcJ JaJ JtJ K cat$

    :erhaps what conf"ses parents most a#o"t phonics is that there are more so"nds in the

    English lang"age than letters in the alpha#et, which is why some so"nds are represented #y

    more than one letter % for e.ample Ds- and Dh- together ma!e a Dsh- so"nd, as in the word

    Dh"sh-$ o help yo"r child #rea! words down into its so"nds, yo" need to #e a#le to spot the

    so"nds and not so"nd o"t all the indiid"al letters$

    o help yo" get to grips with the phonics so"nds &-e added recordings of them to my

    we#site here$Go listen to them for free$

    Con)idence is the #e% + i) %ou sho* it, %our child *ill be brimmin *ith it too.

    :honics has #een proen to #e an effectie way to teach children to read and write$ ;oweer,

    it-s not all there is to reading$ :erhaps most significantly it doesn-t deelop children-s

    comprehension s!ills$ &t teaches children to decode words "sing what they !now a#o"t letterso"nds, and doesn-t as! them to g"ess at words "sing conte.t or cl"es in pict"res$ he #enefit

    is that children can learn to read anything this way$ he draw#ac! can #e that some children

    don-t deelop reading for meaning$

    Getting to grips with phonics is '"st the start$ Learning to read is a s!ill and it ta!es time to

    master$ Some children learn to read faster than others, #"t many will hit #"mps in the road$

    or others it-s one long, ard"o"s 'o"rney$ Children str"ggle with reading for all sorts of

    reasons, and een those that are ery capa#le may #ecome rel"ctant to read$

    *s parents it-s o"r 'o# to !eep enco"raging o"r yo"ng readers, #"t this can sometimes feel

    li!e an impossi#le tas!$ he one thing yo" need to !now a#o"t phonics is that it is only the

    first strategy children are ta"ght to "se when they come across an "nfamiliar word$ here is

    m"ch more to learning to read$ B"t as yo" hae already fo"nd o"t the most important thing

    yo" can do is tr"ly engage with yo"r child-s reading$ )ne of the #est ways to do that is to

    ma!e it f"n I for #oth of yo"+ (hat follows is a list of reading actiities that are s"re to get

    yo" started on the right trac!$

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    et reading! " ideas that really wor#

    *s a parent engaging with yo"r child-s reading, whateer their age or reading a#ility, yo"

    sho"ld feel free to try any or all of these actiities$ (hat will yo" choose to do first/

    Read aloud% &f yo"r child gets shy or fr"strated reading alo"d to yo", why not gather toys or

    pets and enco"rage yo"r child to read to them instead$ his is great for !ids that li!e to

    pretend to #e a m"mmy, daddy or teacher+

    Read somethin else% So yo"r child hates #oo!s$ ry something else+ 5agaHines, comics,

    e#oo!s or ed"cational ipad games can all wor! well$ *ny reading helps$

    Tal# about boo#s% Choose a #oo! with yo"r older child that yo"-d #oth li!e to read$ 3o"

    can read separately, or ta!e t"rns reading to each other, #"t tal! a#o"t the #oo! too oer

    #rea!fast or in the car$ Sharing enth"siasm for a #oo! can really inspire interest$

    -uest a boo# rou$ )or teens% 3o" co"ld host this at yo"r ho"se or ta!e t"rns to hae the

    gro"p meet at different !ids- ho"ses$ &t co"ld inole piHHa or a sleep oer, something that

    ma!es it a #it of f"n$ B"t there needs to #e some #oo! disc"ssion too$ his wo"ld wor! well

    with school set te.ts, or the latest #oo! craHe$

    Create an eboo#% this is a great actiity to do with yo"r child and has so many more

    #enefits than '"st enco"raging reading$ Let yo"r child narrate the story too$ 3o" can "se an

    app or een an e#oo! p"#lisher, depending how serio"sly yo" want to ta!e the e.ercise$

    &rite a note% Leae messages in yo"r child-s l"nch#o. or on the fridge for them to find6

    who doesn-t li!e to find an D& loe yo"- or a priate 'o!e to giggle at/

    Actiit% boo#s and *or#sheets% or many this will seem li!e wor! #"t &-m a little odd and

    hae always loed wor!#oo!s+ Gie it a try to find o"t if it-s something yo"r child en'oys$

    /isit the librar%% Start isiting the li#rary as soon as possi#le+ iny #a#ies will en'oy rhyme

    time and toddlers loe story time$ &t-s great for m"ms and dads to meet other parents too+ *s

    yo"r child grows they can get more inoled with choosing their own #oo!s and ta!ing part

    in li#rary reading challenges$ Li#raries need o"r s"pport now more than eer, and what co"ld

    #e #etter than #eing a#le to try o"t news #oo!s as often as yo" li!e/

    0oo# sinins% hese aren-t '"st for #ig cele#rities at London #oo!stores, #"t if yo" fancy

    "e"eing "p for ho"rs for one of these eents % go for it+ 3o"r local li#rary or #oo!store will

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    A'out eaderWriteror*ie+com

    eader(riterforLife$comis a we#site for proactie parents who desperately want to help

    their children s"cceed with reading, #"t who sometimes feel oerwhelmed #y the challenge$

    he m"m #ehind the we#site, Belinda Griffin, is passionate a#o"t families engaging with

    #oo!s, !nowing that children who learn to read can read to learn, there#y opening doors to a

    positie f"t"re$ Belinda is fiercely committed to empowering parents to raise confident,

    reflectie readers and teaches parents to tr"s...