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Early Reader

An Early Reader

  • Can tackle known and predictable texts with confidence but may need a lot of support with new ones
  • With support they can reflect and repond personally to what they've read; making links to prior knowledge, experiences and popular culture
  • Begin to evaluate books with reasons for likes/dislikes
  • There is an important transition from dependence on memory to growing independence
  • Familiarity with text gives support while focusing more directly on print

Older readers may;

  • Have a narrow range of independent reading as they will be drawn to texts that do not pose significant challenge. However, may be able to read their own writing confidently
  • May be over dependent on one strategy when reading aloud often reading word by word

To Support Parents Can;

  • Foster positive attitudes by ensuring reading is a fundamental part of school and home routines
  • Provide access to wide range of texts - through home, school or public libraries
  • Choose shared texts that establish flow and build stamina
  • Provide regular opportunities for children to discuss reading. Promote understanding by giving the opportunity to summarise texts
  • Create a rich reading programme - Poetry, songs, newspapers, non-fiction etc
  • Take part in reading aloud and responding to texts
  • Establish an ethos of shared enjoyment
  • Reading should be a relaxing experience: reflect on reading strategies - How did you crack reading? Is it something you still struggle with?
  • Support in risk taking and reading aloud
  • Model how to take risks - Don't feel like your reading has to be perfect - everyone struggles!
  • Make word collections: Families of words can help with reading and spelling. For example audience, audio, audible, auditorium
  • Encourage child to read own writing and that of others