Hook the listener!

My crew enjoying a story

I decided to broaden this page as a way to help parents who are supporting their children’s literacy learning at home. Whether it’s homeschooling, homework or just trying to bridge a gap where needed, getting kids to do work outside the school structure can be challenging.

Before the Summer holidays teachers often give suggestions of things you could do to avoid what’s called “the Summer slump”. This is a loss of some of the skills learned during the year which means teachers have to back track a bit the following year to catch them up. To avoid this, kids should read or be read to daily. I have yet to meet a child who didn’t enjoy having a story read to them. Choosing the right book and reading with expression hooks the most reluctant readers every time. If your child looks uninterested capture his or her attention by reading with expression. If their glances are fleeting, raise and lower your voice while pointing to the pictures. Make it seem as if you think it’s the best story ever with your facial expressions.

Have a go and please comment if this works for you. Feel free to ask questions. I don’t claim to be an expert or to have all the answers but I do have experience of helping a child with special needs to learn and what I can say is it takes lots of trial and error, repetition and patience!! Follow me on Instagram for more…@littlelearnersjourney.

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