Reading at Home
Reading at home with our children is vitally important. It enables each child to enter a world of imagination and wonder. It enables a child to learn more about a topic or spark creativity. On this page, you will find tips and information to further enable your child's reading and help at home.
Studies show that early reading with children helps them learn to speak and interact, as well as bond with parents. Benefits of shared reading time also include fostering the development of listening skills, spelling, reading comprehension and vocabulary, and establishing essential foundational literacy skills.
Below are some videos about ways to support literacy and reading at home.
Make sure that your child is familiar with language and books so they can see how enjoyable reading is. Some of the things you can do include:
- reading aloud to your child, talking about the words and pictures, and sharing ideas about the book
- reading yourself – children who see adults reading, and enjoying it, are much more likely to want to read themselves
- surrounding your child with books – you don't need hundreds of books at home, but go to the library or bookshop regularly to borrow books, spend time together, browse and make choices. In this way, reading becomes a habit.
Most importantly, talk to your child. Spend time with them, doing simple activities (like cooking and making things). As you talk about what you’re doing, you are helping them to learn new words. Later, when they see words written down, they’ve already heard them and know what they mean.
Here you will find resources to help at home.
If you require paper copies of these resources, please let a member of the Explorers' team know.
Here you will find a selection of newsletters aimed at children and reading at home. These are excellent resources to find new and exciting books, as well as keeping up to date with all the latest novels released.
Have a look at the latest edition and some previous editions below it.
Other Reading Resources:
Check out some of our Reading Roads.
These Reading Roads are from KS1 to KS3 and suggest books around lots of different topics.