Talk about reading
Talk about pictures in books
Sing waiata and songs, read poems and make up rhymes together – the funnier the better
Be a role model. Let your child see you enjoying reading and talk about what you are enjoying
Point out words on signs, shops and labels
Play word games like "I Spy" and "Simon Says…"
Make it a special time together
Reading is a great chance for you and your child to spend special time together. Make reading:
quiet and relaxing
a time to sit close to your child
10–15 minutes without interruption, away from the TV
an enjoyable, interesting and special time
a time to praise your child for making an effort
Here's some tips:
- If your child is stuck on a word wait a few seconds, give them a chance to think.
- If they are still stuck, help them to try to work the word out by saying "read the sentence again and think what would make sense".
- Ask "could it be…?" (and give a word that might fit).
- The pictures also help them check they have got the right word. If they still can’t work out the word, tell them and praise their efforts. Remember, reading should be fun.
- Help your child to link stories to their own life. Remind them about what they have done when a similar thing happens in the story.