Hang on parents!! You may have breathed a sigh of relief after handing in your child’s final reader for the year.
BUT as Natalie Nicholls explains, there are many benefits to ensuring your child keeps reading over the Summer break. “Reading regularly will develop lots of different areas to do with literacy, particularly Reading Comprehension…and in order for us to be fluent at reading, we ought to be reading lots. For things to become automatic and for us to be able to read really well, it can take hundreds if not thousands of exposures to just one word for us to actually have that automatically, so we can move to that next step.“
So perhaps pencil in a trip to the library over the holidays and allow your child to choose some books that interest them. “I always encourage kids to choose one fiction book and one non-fiction book, so they’re also building up their general knowledge as well as their vocabulary. They might come back with a cook book but that’s ok, they’re learning something new about cooking.“
-If your child reads under 5 minutes per week (outside of school), they’re going to be reading approximately 21 thousand words per year.
-Reading 10 minutes per day, children will be gaining 622 000 words per year
-15 minutes per day goes into 1 146 000 words per year
-Over 30 minutes per day 4 358 000 words per year
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