Reading at Home Support

Hearing Your Child Read

Before You Start to Read


If it is a new book…

  • What do you think it is going to be about?
  • Let’s look at the front cover for some clues.
  • What is in the picture?
  • What is the title?
  • Let’s read the blurb on the back.

If your child is already reading the book…

  • Can you tell me what has happened in the story so far?
  • Which character(s) do you like? Dislike? Why?

Completing the Reading Diary

  • Write the title of the book, the date and the pages read
  • Write a short comment on how well your child read
  • Write down any words they found tricky
  • Sign the record so that staff know who heard the child read
Questions to Check Understanding