Paired Reading at Home
Paired reading can be carried out very successfuly at home. If it is done frequently and regularly it achieves very good results.
- Your child is in charge of choosing the book.
- Yes, the book they choose may be too difficult, but they will get better at making a choice as you go on!
- Between you, you and your child decide on a 'change reader' signal; this might be a tap on the hand or the arm, or on the page of the book or the screen.
- You begin by reading together; your voices are a chorus. Your child's voice might be a second or two behind yours, but don't worry.
- Encourage your child to signal that they will take over and read alone for a little bit; perhaps just a page.
- If your child makes a mistake or pauses because they can't read a word, don't hesitate, just give them the word and join back in with the reaing again.
- Ten minutes of paired reading is plenty.
- Don't worry if, at first, you seem to be joining in with most of the reading, the more sessions you do, the more confidence your child will gain.
- You don't need a shelf full of books at home.
- Use the wonderful online reading books available on the OXFORD READING BUDDIES website; all our children have their login details.