Reading advice for parents
Children who read for pleasure enjoy better opportunities throughout life because they have gained a richer vocabulary, more knowledge, critical thinking skills and a self-directed learning framework. Practitioners should be unapologetic about encouraging children to enjoy reading and focusing energy and expertise on nurturing positive reading behaviours, as both are vital to an individual's success at school and their economic and social capital later in life.
The number of children who enjoy reading has remained low for the past decade. This is a real cause for concern because of the proven link between test results and reading for pleasure. Studies also show that reading a variety of literature independently by the age of 15 is the single biggest indicator of future success, outweighing negative factors such as socioeconomic background or family situation.
Please encourage your child to
read at home