Supporting your Child at Home

Research proves the importance of the family home in raising literacy levels. Here are five suggestions you could adopt in your home:

  1. Have a range of books at home (just having books around your house has a massive impact). Encourage your child to read every day at home and to visit the LRC at school or your local library. It is suggested that students read for at least 30 minutes per day in order to truly develop their skills.
  2. Talk to your child about what he or she has read recently.
  3. Read yourself! Be a literacy role model.
  4. Help your child to proofread their written work. Assist her/him to check spellings and punctuation. Encourage your child to ask for clarification when unsure of a spelling or the use of a punctuation mark. See the following website for more information: http://www.parentsintouch.co.uk/Help-your-child-at-home-with-punctuation.
  5. Read the news together at least twice a week and discuss current events.

Helpful websites:
– http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/english.shtml
http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/

If you would like more information about literacy at The Marches School or you would like to recommend a fantastic book to other parents, please contact me: jackson.h@marchesschool.net

Supporting your Child at Home