Holiday Reading - With the Easter and mid-semester break coming up quickly, it is a good time to revisit the very important practice of daily home reading. All students have recently been reassessed in their reading to affirm the impact that practice and direct teaching is having on their reading development. Assessment of progress has also indicated that in the past, progress has been hindered by failure to keep regular reading as a daily practice — especially during holidays. Reading is a life skill that we as adults never stop doing— practice in reading occurs for us everyday and for our children this should be no different.
The purpose of home reading is to provide students with the opportunity to engage with quality literature that meets their interest as well as providing reading practice. Books which the students are reading independently during home reading should allow them to consolidate the skills already taught at school.
It must be remembered that students read many types of text, including fiction and non-fiction, short and long texts, printed and electronic, reading presented through words and reading presented through images. Home reading is about all of these types of texts. Home reading is a time for parents and children to enjoy reading together. It should be a positive and pleasurable experience for all concerned.
The parent’s role is one of support and guidance. The key role for parents in supporting their child is one of monitoring their efforts and exposing them to a wide range of text types as well as enjoying quality literature with their child.