Advice for Reluctant Readers?

by Mrs Mitchell, Support for Learning.

A parent asked this week how to encourage her son to read more. It’s hard at home when they don’t HAVE to read, but you WANT them to!

If your child is struggling to engage with reading just now, follow their interests! It doesn’t matter if it seems too easy, as long as they’re getting enjoyment from reading.

In our house we get a comic every week, and both kids love it. The Beano, for younger children. For older ones, The Phoenix is fab, if a subscription is something you want.

Other books popular with boys (but not exclusively for boys!) are the 13 Story Tree House series, Captain Underpants, or Tom Gates books that you can buy as a set. Not overly wordy, but fun! If your kids are into football, Tom Palmer writes very accessible books.

Graphic Novels – We use Graphic novels with our readers who are overwhelmed by huge novels. They have more reading in them than comics, and feel more grown-up. Here’s a selection.

Try e-books. Reading online is not always suited to some kids, as they don’t enjoy reading off a screen, but Oxford Owl has a range of online books to choose from, often with a wee quiz at the end. You can register for free as a parent, then browse! Start easy and work your way up the levels. If more than 4 or 5 words on each page are too tricky, go down a level.

Set a time each day to read, say 15-20 minutes, straight after breakfast, so they know it’s limited (if they’re not keen), and once it’s done, it’s done. Maybe ask your child where they like to read, and make it comfy and cosy, with a hot chocolate and a biscuit – anything that reinforces the fact that it IS a nice activity!

Read to them – I think we stop doing that with our children too soon. Something that might be beyond them at the moment, but a reminder that reading is an activity adults enjoy too (not a punishment), and something you can enjoy together. Try the Hobbit, a Harry Potter, or a book you think they’d enjoy that’s a bit tricky just now.

Happy reading!

Supporting your child with literacy difficulties or Dyslexia.

by Mrs Mitchell, Support for Learning.

Parents and carers of learners with literacy difficulties or Dyslexia have a lot on their plate in terms of continuing to motivate their children in the areas that they struggle. This will be getting harder, as the time children have been learning at home extends.

Dyslexia Scotland have put this together to help – ‘Dyslexia Scotland @ Home’.

Here you can find a number of videos to support learning at home. Below is a link to one that I particularly like –  ‘Parent masterclass 2 – Providing support at home’.

This video gives a lot of advice around how to motivate children and give them activities that keep them learning.

And if you need even more of a break from Netflix in the evening, there are other videos to help you understand typical features you may see in someone with Dyslexia, and the neuro-science behind it!

Review your Phonics by watching telly, on your bottom!!?

by Mrs Mitchell

Remember, you can take a break from Joe Wicks and revise all your alphabet sounds, long vowel sounds, have a go at reading, word building, and simple sentence writing – just by watching Mrs Mitchell’s YouTube videos!

Easy peasy! (but the sounds get harder, from ‘Mrs Mitchell’s Literacy Time – Set 1 sounds’ all the way through to ‘Set 3 sounds’)

Suitable for all pupils who come up to me in Support for Learning, or any pupils in P1-4 who are still building confidence with reading/spelling.

Speech and Language Therapy resources, and much more!

from Mrs Mitchell, in Support for Learning.

If your child has received S.A.L.T. or support for another specific learning need or disability, there are lots of helpful resources and information for parents on the Chatterpack website. This link takes you directly to the S.A.L.T. resources.

You’ll find ideas to support with Speech and Language, ADHD, Occupational Therapy / movement, Visual impairment, Anxiety/Emotions, Dyslexia and Numeracy difficulties.

Remember, all my Support for Learning posts will be saved in the Additional Support Needs tab of our website. Mrs M x