Reading is wonderful for us in so many ways! It allows us to embark on wonderful adventures, learn about innovations, or simply make us laugh! Essex Public School encourages all their students to make time for reading at least 20 minutes each night! You can encourage a reluctant reader to read by introducing a rule that you meet at least once a night for 20 minutes AND you will share the time reading together. The strategy of “I read to you, you read to me” is helpful to encourage your child to read with you.
Be mindful of the following helpful tips as well:
• Choose a book at your child’s reading level (not too easy, not too hard).
• Encourage him/her to sound out words and try his/her best, then help when he/she is unsure.
• Make reading fun! Your child will be more likely to participate if reading is enjoyable and a time you share together!
Recently Essex PS students and staff dressed up as their favourite character from a book or novel they read and enjoyed! We had so many creative outfits and engaged in wonderful discussions with our students about why they connected with that character. It was so very obvious that the Love of Reading is alive and well at EPS!