Thursday, 16 September 2010

Peter Corey's Top 10 Make Reading a Great Experience for Kids all Ages

I had to tell you about this new top tips for reading by the author Peter Corey, our family adore books, we all are avid readers.
At first Paige did not have the same addiction as Chris, Conor and I. For us it was all consuming, devour a book whenever we get chance. 
Her love affair came more slowly. I feel as she is pretty mature, she was  waiting for the Young Adult ranges and now adult reading.
Her favourite book by far was and is The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. I was very lucky to win a copy signed and its her pride and joy.

I am glad I read to the children nearly every night, its a fond memory for them,  I firmly believe it encourages them to read, have a better grasp of English and just open up a world of fantasy and learning.

learndirect has teamed up with top children’s author Peter Corey to help parents boost their children’s reading skills and help families re-charge for a new school year - with tips for reading together as a family as well as top recommended reads.

Mums, Dads and their children can also enjoy two free online storybooks by logging on to Both are perfect for helping prepare children for the challenge of starting or going back to school.

learndirect research has revealed that more than half (54%) of parents admit to brushing up on their English and maths to improve aspects of their life such as work and almost one in three (32%) parents want to brush up on their basic English and maths to support their children’s learning and development, such as reading together.
1. Read little and often – ten to fifteen minutes every day is great. For younger children, use bedtime or bath time if finding a moment isn’t easy during the day.

2. Reading should always be fun so try not to pressure your child if they feel too tired or lose interest. Laugh together at the funny stuff and enjoy the rhyming words – you’d be surprised how rewarding it feels.

3. Relish the story – talk about it and encourage your child to ask questions. You’ll be able to see how well they have understood what they have read.

4. Enjoying the pictures in a book is as important as the text. They can make the words easier to understand and help bring the story to life.

5. Be brave in your choice of books. Always search around, even if you think you’ve already found you and your child’s favourite author.

6. Use a library to borrow books. Libraries give us lots of choice and are like a dating agency – helping match the right person with the right book!

7. Don’t be scared of long words – they can be broken down into smaller parts which will make them far easier. Some English spellings just don’t make sense at first, so don’t worry if you or your child stumbles, it might be the word’s fault!

8. Don’t be afraid to judge a book by its cover and check what’s written on the back. This should help you decide if you and your child will enjoy the book.

9. Don’t worry if your child wants to read the same book again and again. Kids enjoy repetition as it helps them understand the story.

10. Always praise your child for trying hard at their reading and let them know it’s okay to make mistakes. After all, we all get words wrong – even parents! Practice makes perfect and solving reading problems together is part of what makes story time fun.

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