Take Home Reading




Dear Parents,


Your child has brought home their 'Take Home Book’

It is an integral part of our school reading program.

Your child's Take Home Book kit should be returned to school on their nominated day of the week.  All children are expected to read every night at home and complete the record of reading form attached. Children will borrow books from the school’s ‘Take Home Collection’ as well as from the classroom library.

Participating in reading Your child does not have to always be the reader to participate in reading. Reading activities could be: Reading with your child [either taking turns or together]. Reading to your child. Or the reading could be done by the child, where the child reads independently [aloud or silently].

Also, there is great value in a child reading the same book on a number of occasions- it may be a favourite book or a book the child can read independently. Learning to read is not a race to tick off as many different books as possible.


The following points may be helpful:

The 3 Ps: Pause, Prompt & Praise

Pause: Give your child time to: Think of & try a suitable word;  Identify & self-correct errors in their reading.



Provide suggestions on where to find help [picture, initial sound, reread etc). Ask:

·         Does the picture help?

·         What would make sense?

·         What does it look like?

·         What does it start with?


 ·         Any efforts and attempts made

 ·         Offer encouragement to try again

 ·         Always be positive  


Introducing a new book:

Before Reading:

·         Read the title

·         Predict what the book might be about

·         Picture Chat. Link the story to familiar events/people.

During reading: 


·         Ask your child to read the book to you

·         Use Pause, Praise, Prompt technique to assist.

After reading:

·         Talk about the book

·         What happened?

·         Characters

·         What you liked/disliked etc

Reading skills & strategies:

·         Whilst reading you can assist your child to:

·         Identify parts of the book (front and back cover, title, pages, pictures, text/writing)

·         Identify direction of the text and develop word by word matching; encourage your child to point at the words as they read.

·         Use the picture to assist in predicting what the text may be (never cover the picture, pictures are there to help the child with understanding the meaning).

·         Use initial sounds to predict words.


More Helpful Hints

Modelling reading is very important. Whenever possible, read and discuss books with your child.

Never criticize their choice of book. Children that are learning to read can benefit from reading a familiar text.


If your child is reluctant to read, share the reading, take it in turns to read a page.

Be aware of your child's favourite author, sort of books or series e.g. 'Baby-sitter's Club'.

Make use of book clubs and visit your local library or bookshop together - get the whole family to borrow and read.


Remember: Reading should be ENJOYABLE!