Help your child to develop their reading skills by using:
Pause, Prompt, Praise.
This is a very successful way of helping young people to develop their reading skills.
1. Seating arrangements
Children should always feel comfortable. Find a quiet space away from others and
sit side-by-side so that you can both see the book easily.
2. Talk about the book
Reading is about being able to read the words and understand what they mean, so
talk to your child about what they have read so far:
How far have you got?
What has happened so far?
Is this a good book? Why do you think that?
Who might enjoy this book?
3. Reading the book
Aim to read for about 10 to 15 minutes. If the book is too hard the child will often
tell you it is boring. Do not make him/her carry on. Help them to choose something
more suitable to read. If the child is struggling but is afraid or reluctant to admit it
you should say something like “I’m not keen on this book. Do you like it? Should
we choose another one?”
If your child is reading well keep praising him/her. We all respond well to praise.
You might say “good” or “well done” at the end of a paragraph or a tough sentence,
or if they struggle and then succeed in reading a tough word or phrase.
When a child gets stuck on a word do not tell him/her straight away.
PAUSE and give your child the chance to read the word. If s/he is not able to read of guess the word then
PROMPT them to use strategies for decoding the word:
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