The aim of these sessions was to help parents know how to help their children once they have become fluent readers. Once children can read the words on the page what do they need to be able to do next? The answer is develop a deep, rich understanding of the text they have just read.
In school, the children who are fluent readers learn how to understand what they read by developing 4 important skills.
· Summarising (saying what has just happened in the text)
· Predicting (saying what will happen next and why)
· Enquiry (asking and answering questions about the text)
· Clarifying (making sure every word and phrase is understood)
In the parent workshops, Mums and Dads learnt how to help their child develop one of these skills when reading at home. Each week we focused on one of the 4 skills and each week parents were given a new book and time with their child to practice this skill.
We were delighted by the number of Mums and Dads who came. Everyone agreed these sessions were really useful and very helpful. Here are some of the comments which parents made.
“The most useful thing I learnt is to Think to Read with my kids. And that there is a process how to make my kids read. I did not read with my kids before.”
“To ask my child the four important things I have learnt in these sessions.”
“Reinforcing reading skills to use with children. “How to use pictures to help tell the story.”
“How to make reading fun.”
Look out for more parent workshops like this throughout the year.