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  1. 1. Ilia Chavchavadze Georgian National University ,,SEU’’ Student :Teona Gonashvili Group:1603
  2. 2. 10 Steps to Success
  3. 3. Steps to Success: Aims All staff at Calverton are committed to raising children’s achievement in all areas of the curriculum. However for children to be able to access the curriculum they need to be able to read. The staff agree that if we work together with Parents/Carers, higher reading levels can be achieved. The aim of this guide is to give Parents/Carers strategies or ideas to use at home to help develop, and improve, their children’s reading skills.
  4. 4. Steps to Success: The 10 Steps  The following pages will show Parents/Carers 10 steps, or ideas to use at home, to help to improve and develop reading skills, especially in younger children.  You may already use some of these ideas, however, take a look as there may be some new ideas that you will find useful.
  5. 5. Step 1: Speaking and Listening.  You may wonder what the link is to reading? If you spend time speaking to and listening to your child, it helps to expand their spoken vocabulary. If children have a broad vocabulary, or knowledge of words, it makes learning to read easier. They do not have to learn the meaning of words as well as how to read them.  Reception age children do not receive homework, government guidelines suggest speaking and listening to your child is all the homework they need.
  6. 6. Step 1:cont’d Here are some ideal situations for speaking and listening:-  Shopping  Playing  Watching T.V.  Visiting the park  Reading
  7. 7. Step 2: Playing Playing with your child is the ideal situation for speaking and listening.  It extends their vocabulary.  Builds upon their imagination.  Teaches them to take turns.  Develops social skills  It builds upon their imagination.
  8. 8. Step 3: Reading to your child  All children enjoy being read to, even if they can read for themselves.  Make sure you choose a time when you will not get any interruptions.  Read books that were your childhood favourites.  Tell them ‘made up’ stories, you do not always have to read a book.  Tell them stories about your childhood.  Talk together about the pictures.  Get your child to retell the story.  Talk about the Author and Illustrator. What do they do?  Children also like being read to by other members of the family e.g Grandparents
  9. 9. Step 4: Letters and Sounds.  Calverton follows the Letters and Sounds phonic strategy. This is a programme which teaches children the link between letter sounds and letter names. Every letter in the alphabet has a sound and children are taught to use these sounds to read words phonetically. At Calverton we have seen a marked improvement in children’s reading skills, in Key Stage 1 using this strategy.  Talk to your children about their sounds…….when reading , if they have difficulty with a word, ask them to sound it out.  If you would like more information on this please do not hesitate to ask your child’s class teacher.  If you have a better understanding of Letters and Sounds then this will help you to help your child.
  10. 10. Step 5: Introducing different texts.  Try to introduce different text for your child to read at home.  Comics, newspapers, internet, magazines……it does not have to be a book.  Information books are a good way to get your child talking about what they can see. They may not be able to read the words but they can often relate to the pictures.  If you have access to a computer let them surf the net………..playing games on the computer is another way of giving children experience of reading. Seeing the words repeatedly on screen, as they often are in computer games, is good for word recognition.
  11. 11. Step 6: Listen to your child read.  Listen to your child read every day. Write a comment in their reading log book, commenting on how they are doing with their reading at home.  You can also comment if they have read a book from home, we like to know that the children are experiencing different books.  Any member of the family can write in the reading log and we find children enjoy telling us when a member of their family has commented on their reading.
  12. 12. Step 7: Completing Homework.  Ensure your child completes their homework and hands it in on their classes designated hand in day.  Completing homework shows us that your child has understood the previous weeks learning in school.  Homework also gives your child a different experience of reading.  Remember to allow your child to complete their homework themselves as it is a guide for us.
  13. 13. Step 8: Resources at home Sometimes it is the simplest of resources that are the best for children:- Paper, pencils, books(reading/information). The school day is very intense and children need time to unwind after school. Fun activities at home will help your child, we have found that children who are made to complete work books at home often do not achieve to their full potential in school. Try to make the learning achieved at home through play.
  14. 14. Step 9: Ensuring your child attends school.  It is vitally important for all children to attend school everyday, unless there is an extremely important reason why they cannot.  For us to work together in the education, achievement and development of your child they need to attend school on a regular basis.
  15. 15. Step 10: ……and so to bed! Ensure your child goes to bed at a reasonable time. Having a bedtime routine often helps e.g.  Bath  Read a story/listen to your child read.  This is a perfect time for listening to/ reading to your child.
  16. 16. Lastly……….  If you follow some or all of these steps you will be giving your child an excellent opportunity to develop the skills they need in not only reading but all areas of their education.  Thank you for taking the time to look at these steps to success.