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Why is reading so important?

26th Sep 2019

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance.

Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

What difference can I make as a parent?

You can make a huge difference! Parents are the most important educators in a child’s life – even more important than their teachers – and it’s never too early or LATE to start reading together.

Building vocabulary and understanding

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what’s printed on the page. Through hearing stories and reading, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital. It’s important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child doesn’t understand every word, they’ll hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard.

Parents play an important role in helping keeping children interested in books.

Find out what interests your child then help them to find books that will be engaging and fun.

See Caroline if you would like to borrow additional books from school.