‘Offline’ Reading at home

Reading can be a great escape from what is happening around you. It’s your chance to explore stories, poetry and different ways to graphically record details you need to remember.

Parent tips for reading at home

  • Set aside some time
  • Find somewhere quiet without any distractions – turn off the TV/radio/computer.
  • Ask your child to choose a book
  • Sharing books they have chosen shows you care what they think and that their opinion matters.
  • Sit close together
  • Encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages.
  • Point to the pictures
  • If there are illustrations, relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to describe the characters or situation or what will happen next.
  • Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the pictures.
  • Encourage your child to talk about the book
  • Talking about the characters and their dilemmas helps children understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of time to respond. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling or how the book makes them feel.
  • And lastly, above all – make it fun

It doesn’t matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together. Don’t be afraid to use funny voices – children love this!

Links to support reading at home

Kahn Academy

App – Years 0-4

Completely free app with educational videos and activities for kids aged 2 to 7.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Online – Years 0-3Years 5-6

This free resource provides your children with 20+ days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges.

World Book Online

Online – All levels.

A fantastic library of ebooks available free until April 30th.

Storyline Online

Online – All levels.

Storyline is a digital archive with videos of book read-alongs by celebrities.