From:  Tina Woodward

Tip:  Learning to love to read

We have always had a real passion for reading at First Steps. Even though the world has gone digital all around us, picking up a story and going on an adventure with a child is something really special.

As our pre-school class get even closer to their primary school start dates, we have now started our book scheme. If you are a parent of a pre-schooler you will have seen a colourful a4 wallet been given with a book inside and your child’s own development/notebook. We really do hope each parent will support our passion for reading and spend time with their child each evening discussing this week’s book. Once you have enjoyed it enough, please write your thoughts down into the notebook and bring it back it and we can swap it for another.

Any questions at all just ask me! In this month’s top tip, we thought we would discuss how to engage your child in reading and how it can be a fun time for all the family.

Develop your child’s language

Depending on the child’s language skill level, give them a story to read or read a story with /to them. When the story is finished, ask your child to pinpoint favourite parts of the story. This can enable children to have fun picking out words and develop an interest to move to the next page.

Try to read more than one!

We know how crazy bedtime can be, especially in the working week, but maybe cut down on other activities to give enough time for reading more than one book. The more children are exposed to literature, the more reading will become part of their daily life. A child is introduced to new information, concepts, and phonemic awareness with every story.

Preparing them for their primary school exams.

By surrounding your children with reading material, you will help with their wider learning too. Children with a large collection of reading resources in their homes score higher and perform better on tests and exams. Provoke a reading habit in your child by having a large array of interesting books and magazines at their reading level. Not all reading has to be a storybook, it can be anything from a poster on the train to a recipe when baking – look for words and reading in everything you do.

Using technology is OK.

Technology is changing the way we learn, and it can have a positive impact on children and their reading. By adding technology like reading a story on your Kindle is fine if your child likes playing games and watching videos on it, explore how you can enjoy reading too. Building self-esteem through applied technology and increased reading skills can have a positive ripple effect on every other area of a soon to be student’s life.

We really would love to hear if you find our tips and advice useful, and/or you would like a certain topic covered – just let us know, please contact Ian on or call 01625 859867.