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Research shows that children who are read to regularly at home from a young age have better cognitive skills and do better in national reading and numeracy tests.

Children are taught phonics and how to decode words in school, but they need regular practise using these skills to become fluent readers.

Reading expands children’s vocabulary, which improves their ability to communicate effectively.

Reading helps children’s spelling, grammar and punctuation, so good reading skills are fundamental for developing good writing skills.

Reading is a wonderful way to have some real quality bonding time with your child.

Reading is a great way to gain new knowledge.

Children imitate their parent’s behaviour, if they see their parents reading, they are more likely to want to read and develop a love of reading.

Reading stories empowers children to be able to empathise with other people.

Being able to read confidently is an essential life skill and research also shows that the earlier parents become involved in reading with their child, the more profound the results and the longer lasting the effects … so let’s get reading!

Miss Gould has produced a 2-part video, which shows some of the questions you might want to use when supporting younger children to read.

Click the links if you wish to see them:

Part 1

Part 2