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Helping your child with Reading

What can parents do the boost students "reading skills"

Reading is like any other skill, for instance, learning an instrument or a sport in that our skills are improved through practice. And conversely, if we don't read regularly, we are unlikely to get better. If students don't read at all outside their lessons, or have only restricted access to texts, they won't improve as quickly as those students who are regular readers. So it's really important to get students reading as much as possible, and learning to enjoy books and the wonderful worlds that they can show us.

At home, students should have opportunities and encouragement to read in quiet places. Research from Renaissance Learning suggests children should try to read for at least half an hour a day for optimum progress. If that is not practical, a short period of reading before bedtime is a great way of getting ready to sleep, as well as being its own reward - it's much better than a games console!

Don't be afraid to ask your children to read to you, whatever their age - it's a good way to spend time with them after a busy day. It lets you discover how well they are reading, too. Discuss with them what they are reading, and what books you've enjoyed reading, too.

Why not consider books, e-readers, or book vouchers as an alternative Christmas or birthday present for kids, Boys naturally gravitate towards non-fiction books, which is fine, but often they only need a little push to enjoy fiction as well.

It's easy for all of us with busy lives to get out of the habit of reading. But it really encourages your children to read if they see you reading too. Try to take time out to enjoy reading great books - why not join a book club, or set one up yourself?