Getting children to read has been a great debate for many years. There has been so many researchers that have tried and claimed to know how to help children learn to read.
To me, a child’s love of reading and a child’s first educator -their parents have a significant influence on a child’s reading development. Not to mention us as the teachers too!
As part of my MA and my interest area of reading in school, I will be researching and carry out action research on the parental involvement of children’s reading.
I will most likely publish the action research on my blog after the submission as I don’t want to plagiarise myself! But I am looking forward to putting in place new strategies for reading in school.
My first strategy is to invite parents in every Monday morning to read with their child for 10 minutes. When I reflect on the mornings it involves parents and children stood outside waiting for the doors to open in the cold and us teachers rushing around like crazy.
Why not let them in and invite them to snuggle up with a good book to start the week off? That way teachers can also address and catch any parents about any issues too.
What are your thoughts and strategies for parental support and getting children to read?
I would love to hear them!