Research has shown that children who have been read books from birth, have stronger reading skills, vocabulary and comprehension; setting them up for greater success at school.
When beginning school, it is important to read books to your child, modelling good reading, asking questions, discussing pictures and enjoying the experience.
As children begin receiving their own home readers in PP-Yr 2, parents can support their beginning reader, by listening to them read each night and supporting them to sound out (not guess) the words. Re-reading the same book also helps to develop their skills and gives them a positive, successful experience of reading. You should also continue reading books to your child, and as they become more capable readers, you can even share the experience of reading great quality literature together.