Thank you to parents who are engaging children in our focus on reading by asking your child about their reading goal, and encouraging your children to spend their homework time reading with an adult or to themselves.
Please note our guidelines for Prep, Year 1 and 2 for home reading -
- Prep students will be given a book pack for adults to read to their children, and an oral language activity. Parents are encouraged to talk through the activities with your child.
Year 1 and Year 2
- Students will have reading book packs to read together with or to an adult. Some students may also have additional sight word practice recommended by their teacher.
When reading at home with your child, please note that we do not expect you to teach your child to read. Please focus on reading for enjoyment - reading 'with' your child or 'to' your child. Children do not need to be able to decode/read every word, and benefit greatly from hearing another 'capable' reader model the reading for them. This way they have a strong idea of how their reading should sound, and are more likely to understand and enjoy their reading. Regular routines for reading time are highly beneficial.
Oral language is a crucial foundation for all literacy skills - reading, spelling and writing. Similarly speech articulation which is the 'ability to physically move the tongue, lips, teeth and jaw to produce sequences of speech sounds can impact significantly on how well a child can interact with adults and their peers and can affect the development of language skills' such as reading, spelling and writing (Reference - Kid Sense - http://www.childddevelopment.com.au).
Kids Sense website is one of several websites that have a useful guide for parents about articulation, including a list of the building blocks for articulation (such as healthy hearing); checklists to help identify whether a child's articulation is appropriate for their age; and tips for improving your child's articulation, such as -
- Play for the young child, engage in play where you model and use lots of different sounds while playing (e.g. saying "ch ch ch" as the train passes by, "baa" goes the sheep).
- Repeat your child's sentences if their speech is not clear (e.g. child: "Dat my deen tar." adult: "Yes, that's your green car."). By repeating what your child has said you are producing a good language model and you are also showing that you have listened to what your child has said.
- Listening to and identifying sounds in words (e.g. "shoe" starts with the "sh" sound).
Kid Sense - http://www.childddevelopment.com.au
If you have concerns about your child's articulation or hearing, there are several support options to consider -
- Discuss a school-based hearing screen with your child's teacher or our Learning Support teacher Mrs Carolyn Davies - this screening tool will give you an indication whether further assessment might be needed.
- Ask your child's GP about hearing assessments; they may refer you to a provider or possibly the public health service.
- See one of the private hearing screening providers on the coast.