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Reading books should be returned at least weekly for a new book to be chosen, for both scheme and free readers. Children following the reading scheme should return their books daily to ensure they are available for additional reading opportunities. For those children free reading it may be to see how you are progressing if you have chosen a particularly challenging book.
Reading Journal activities are a fantastic way to assess your understanding of the book, keep them coming! Ideally, return your Reading Journal on a Monday morning.
Remember to select a range of genre when reading, including fiction and non-fiction. Although you may have a favourite genre at the moment, there may be others you have yet to fully discover!
Read aloud regularly to an adult and have a chat about what you've read. There are lots of suggestions below to start you and your parents off.
Most importantly, have fun and enjoy reading, it will fire your imagination!
Useful tips for effective reading at home.
When reading with children, using a range of questions will help their understanding.
Here are some ideas for you to use:
What happened after...?
Who was it that...?
What happened at...?
Who spoke to...?
Can you tell me who...?
Find the meaning of...?
Which is true or false...?
Can you write/describe in your own words...?
What do you think could have happened next...?
Who do you think...?
What was the main idea?
Can you distinguish between...?
What differences exist between...?
Can you provide an example of what you mean by...?
Can you provide a definition for...?
Do you know another instance where...?
Could this have happened in...?
What factors would you change if...?
What questions would you ask of...?
From the information given, develop a set of instructions about...?
Would this information be useful if you had a ..?
Which event could not have happened if...?
If... happened, what might the ending have been?
How was this similar to....?
What was the underlying theme of....?
What do you see as other possible outcomes?
Why did...changes occur?
Can you compare your...with that presented in...?
What must have happened when...?
How is...similar to...?
What are some of the problems of...?
Can you distinguish between...?
What was the turning point in the story?
What was the problem with...?
What were some of the motives behind...?
Can you design a...to...?
What is a possible solution to...?
What would happen if...?
If you had access to all resources, how would you deal with...?
How would you devise your own way to...?
How many ways can you...?
Can you create new and unusual uses for...?
Can you develop a proposal which would...?
Is there a better solution to...?
Judge the value of...?
Defend your position about...?
Do you think...is a good or bad thing? Explain.
How would you have handled...?
What changes to...would you recommend? Why?
Do you believe...?
Are you a ...person? Why?
How would you feel if....
How effective are...?
Who is your favourite author?
Why not find out more about some of the best selling children's authors today?
Maybe we have their books in the class library.
Or perhaps visit your local library to search for even more choices.