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Parents are children’s first and most important teachers. Home reading brings enjoyment and education and encourage empathy. It also develops essential reading skills including:
- enrichment of vocabulary
- use of background knowledge
Children will choose a book from their teacher-directed level. Years 1 and 2 may do this daily. Children who are reading more challenging books may keep one book for a longer period of time.
If a child is not enjoying what they are reading, they may change their book without completion.
Matching the level
We will measure each child's reading skills through Formative Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST) for reading at the beginning of each term, and then monitor their reading progress. This level will be recorded in the child's profile. The book taken home from school will be at a level that the child can read comfortably.
Parents should give positive comments and encouragement on the progress their child has made towards reading targets.
Target setting is an important part of home reading as it gives students ownership of their learning, informs parents and promotes success. Targets should be specific and worded in child friendly language. We suggest Primary 1 and 2 to read at least one short story book a day to begin with. Once they gain enough vocabulary, they can also choose other subjects.