As you all know reading is our number one priority in our AIP. We have Wordle posters all around the school stating “Reading, Cornerstone of Learning”. As I’ve said in the past, as much as the other learning areas are important, nothing is more important that being able to read. If a child cannot read their mathematics question, how can they answer it? If a child cannot read, how can they research for their SOSE or science assignment? For anyone to engage in this modern world, they MUST be able to read.
What can you do to help at home? Needless to say we are doing a lot of work at school with the children to ensure they are continually developing their reading skills, but it is also important that the children are practicing their reading at home. It is part of homework for every year level in whatever form; a set reading time, home readers, sight words, etc. It is very important that every child reads to themselves or with an adult (or older sibling) for at least 20min every day. For those children just starting to learn to read they can develop their skills by sitting with an adult who models reading to them.
There has been a lot of research into the effects of children reading at home and the results have been pretty predictable. We have included a fridge magnet that demonstrates why 20 min of reading at home is important. Although the table only shows the research up to Year 6, you can imagine how far that gap would grow by Year 12 between those children who read at home and those who do not. Encourage your children to read!