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Dad’s Read – Friday 25 August
Calling all our Dads – you are invited to come and participate in our annual Dad’s Read morning on Friday 25 August from 9am – 9.45am.  Reading to your children is one of the most important aspects of contributing to their learning development, and the following are tips you can use to engage your children through reading:
  1. Read aloud every day – 10 minutes of reading aloud every day makes an important difference to your child’s language and literacy development
  2. Make reading fun – read stories with enthusiasm!  Change voices for different characters and alter the volume of your voice to build excitement
  3. Talk, play and tell stories to your children – tell your child stories every day about your day, their family, exciting things you’ve seen or done.  Reading, storytelling, talking and play helps your child listen and develop social and language skills
  4. Read anywhere – read in a variety of places to your child.  Read outdoors – in the park, at the beach and on the bus.  Just like adults, children enjoy reading in different contexts and times of the day
  5. Read anything! – Storybooks and picture books stimulate imaginations and foster a love of literature.  But read recipes, newspapers, brochures, maps and other texts to support your child’s literacy levels in all aspects of their life.
  6. Listen to and praise your child reading aloudListen to your child read. Consistent reading aloud improves children’s reading and confidence. Wait patiently and let your child work out more difficult words. Praise them when they succeed and for their reading effort.
  7. Ask questions Encourage your child to ask questions about what they are reading before, during and after reading. Ask them what happens next, why something stated is important, and discuss their feelings about events and opinions in the texts.
  8. Discuss the language in the texts Move your finger under the words from left to right as you’re reading. Encourage your child to do the same when they are reading. Stop now and again and discuss a particular word. Ask what it means and what other words are like it.
  9. Don’t forget the pictures! Focus on, celebrate and explore the visuals that go along with the text. These can be illustrations, maps, photographs or graphics and often help your child understand the book or text being read.
  10. Be seen reading! Model reading to your child. Let them see you reading for entertainment and information. Ask them to join in when reading the newspaper, measuring something from a recipe, or viewing a text message.