Research shows that the earlier children have enjoyable experiences with books and reading, the earlier their language and literacy skills blossom. Our Growing Readers approach inspires a love of books and stories, and nurtures the desire to be a reader and a creator of stories. By spending time together enjoying books, unlocking doorways to enchanted worlds, having fun with language, and exploring the connections between written and spoken word through a playful approach to phonics, we help your child grow into a confident and lifelong reader.
Growing Readers brings together home and nursery life, providing parents with some of the theory behind developing children’s reading skills, and also providing handy Hints & Tips, recommended reading lists and suggested activities for parents and children to explore together. Our Growing Readers recommended Books of Excellence and fun activities, will support you in helping your child to grow into a confident reader with a love of books and passion for reading.
In our settings look out for our play and learning at home ideas which will provide you with activity suggestions that you can do with your child at home to support their learning, so that together we can help your child to become a confident writer.
• Regularly reading out loud with your child will help to develop their reading comprehension, vocabulary and decoding of words, encouraging them to read independently later on.
• Some lowercase letters can be easily confused and mnemonics (a creative technique that aids memory through imagination, association and location) are a fantastic aid to help your child remember letters and shapes. The letter ‘s’ is an excellent example:
o It begins the word ‘snake’
o It looks like a snake
o It represents a snake-like sound
o When writing, your hand makes a snake-like moment
• Choose books which are both bright with illustrations and include lots of rhymes. This will help your child understand and absorb sentence structure and the rhythms required for reading, but also sharpen their listening skills as they listen for different sounds.
Joining the local library is great way of growing a love of books and reading. Find a small cloth or PVC bag to use for library trips and create a library book basket or shelf at home. Use a small notebook to write together about the books. Talk about the title and the author as you write it down; this helps your child understand that books can be found by using the title or the author’s surname. Your library book notes can be referred to for recalling favourite books and sharing suggestions with friends and family.