Helping your child to grasp reading and comprehension skills is one of the most important ways in which you can support your child at home.
When you are reading with your child you can help them to improve their understanding by discussing what they have read. Ask them questions about the text, their ideas about what could happen next or whether they are enjoying the book. Encourage them to tell you what stories and information they know. Discuss their opinions about how things might be different in stories or in the world.
Let them see you reading; magazines, letters, instructions, charts, signs … and remember your child will like to hear you read to them as much as they like reading to you!
If your child is a reluctant reader this can be even more important. Don’t force them to read but read to them or make it a game or challenge, taking turns. Read a comic or anything else they choose. If they are enjoying reading it is more likely to become a skill and a pastime they will carry into the future.