Reading at Home
Taking time to read with your child is vital. Research shows that it’s the single most important thing you can do to help your child’s education.
At Witton we expect pupils to read at least 3 times a week at home. We would like pupils to read out loud as this develops different skills from those when you read to yourself. We understand that now your children are getting older they may not want to always read out loud to you but it is important that you are still involved in your child’s reading by talking to them about reading, asking them questions about what they have read, and making sure they have a time set aside for reading. Reading a book together that is beyond their reading ability or listening to an audio book together all helps to generate a love of literature which will stay with them throughout their life.
Suggested Reading Lists
Hints and Tips for Reading at Home
- Read little and often – try to put some time aside for reading every day.
- Encourage your child to read fluently and with expression. When reading aloud, fluent readers read in phrases and add intonation appropriately.
- Give lots of encouragement
- If they are reading something they are not enjoying – STOP!
- Self correction – try not to correct mistakes immediately. Allow your child to read all the way to the end of the word or sentence to give them time to recognise themselves that their reading does not make sense. If they do not self correct, ask ‘does that sound right?’ or ‘what does that word say?’
- Re-read familiar books or poems – this will help your child to practice reading fluently.
8 Ways to Encourage Good Reading Habits
- Create a reading area – help your child to create their own cosy reading corner!
- Encourage reading EVERYWHERE – practice reading menus, movie names, road signs, game instructions – reading is everywhere
- Make connections between reading and real life – making connections between books and your child’s own experiences can help increase their interest in reading
- Keep reading materials in the house – giving your child access to books and other reading materials at home teaches them that reading isn’t just for school
- Visit your local library – let your child pick out a book that catches their attention
- Talk about what your child is reading – ask questions about what their book is about, what is their favourite part, etc. This will enhance their comprehension skills
- Expose your child to different genres – explore genres such as mystery, science fiction, comic books – the more interested your child is, the more likely they are to want to read
- Read every night – make reading part of a night-time routine. This helps your child associate reading with relaxation.
Droitwich Library: Information and Events
Droitwich Spa library has a wide range of books available for all age groups. It is free to join the library and borrow books, DVD’s, audio books, download ebooks and book a 2-hour computer session. You can also borrow Children's Spoken Word Cassettes or CDS for FREE!
The library often holds free children’s events and activities. See below for details of current events on offer.
Droitwich Spa Library
Normal Opening Times
- Monday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
- Tuesday: 9:30am – 6:30pm
- Wednesday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
- Thursday: Closed
- Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm
- Saturday: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Events at Droitwich Spa Library
Tuesday 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Weekly term time session with a different theme each week.
For ages 6- 12, charged at £1 per child. (Booking required)
1st Monday of each month
4.00pm – 5.00pm
Children's book group for ages 8-12. Talk about books, craft, play games and make new friends.