In Form I children are expected to read every night and/or discuss the story in their reading books. Reading books are not necessarily changed every day as it is essential that books are looked at in depth and the repetition assists children in developing sight vocabulary in addition to word patterns. To support childrens reading skills the child can:
- Read to you
- Re-tell the story using picture clues
- Re-tell the story from memory
- Draw a picture/cartoon strip to tell you his/her favourite part of the story
- Answer open ended questions about the story e.g. Why do you think that happened?, How do you think he felt?
- What kind of book did you think this was going to be?
- Have you read any other books like this one?
- Could this really have happened?
- Who was telling this story?
- Were there any parts of the story you particularly liked/disliked?
- What will you tell your friends about this story?
- Did the story remind you of anything you have done?
- How did the story start?
- What happened next?
- Was there more than one main event?
- Did you guess the ending?
- Did you like the ending?
- How would you have liked it to end?
- When did the story take place?
- Where was the story set?
- Would you like to visit this place?
- Could the story have happened in a different setting?
- Which character did you like the most/least?
- Do you know any people like the characters in the book?
- Which character in the book would you most like to meet? Why?
When you have finished reading, remember to sign your child's reading diary/log. Please make your comments as positive and confidence-building as possible, and discuss these with your child.
Please do not do your child’s homework for him/her, although it is helpful if you read through the instructions and use reminders if necessary. The homework set is directly linked to work in the classroom and we use it to plan ahead for each child. If we think that he/she can do the work independently, we shall then set something a little more challenging and, if the work is consistently aided by parents, this gives us a false picture which could lead to misunderstandings and, possibly, problems.