How can you support at home?
Encourage your child to visit the library, to reserve books, complete book reviews online, and return their library books on time.
Studies show that reading every day can reduce the level of stress that your body may experience. When you spend 20 minutes reading, you reduce stress, depression, anxiety, and it can also reduce your chances of suffering from Alzheimer’s later in life.
It has been proven that only 6 minutes of reading can reduce stress by 68% ~ imagine what you can achieve in twenty!
When children enjoy reading, it will benefit their whole education and they are more likely to carry on reading as adults.
Make reading C-L-E-A-R
If your child is reluctant to read a book, give them the opportunity to read different things in their own time. Instead of forcing them to sit and just read a fiction book, perhaps try non-fiction, poetry, comics, magazines, even a leaflet - reading anything is reading something.
As well as your child’s school library, the local public library is also there for you to borrow books for free. Visit them when you are able to and explore different sorts of reading ideas. Local libraries also offer online materials, including audiobooks and e-books you can borrow. Pop into your local library and have a chat with the staff – they will help you and your child set up an account.
Reading helps your child’s wellbeing and develops imagination. Just 20 minutes a day can truly have a big impact on your child's mind. That 20 minutes every day will expose your them to around 2million words annually, leading to an increased general knowledge, better communication and analytical skills, as well as enriching their vocabulary substantially.
Get active with your child. How about reading recipes and then cooking them together? Many libraries, including this school library, has child-friendly cookbooks with simple to follow, tasty meals and treats you can make and eat together!
Make it a family activity and part of your daily routine. This time can be used to read the same thing together, different things, or just about being in the same room. Turn it into that quality family time you have been looking for. Turn off that TV and enjoy being a family and a bit of relaxation time for everyone! Ultimately, you know your child best and you will know the best times for your child to read. If they have a special educational need then short, creative activities may be the way to get them interested. If English is an additional language, encourage reading in both languages.