We are introducing a Runnymede Pre-school library so look out for the basket of books.
We want to encourage our families to spend time to read to the children so we shall leave a selection of books out for you to look through with your child and choose a book to take home. You may borrow the book for as long as you wish and then simply return to the basket and choose another one.
Sharing a book with a child is fun - it's a time for closeness, laughing and talking together. It can also give children a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers, it will help increase confidence and develop language. Not everyone is confident with books and reading aloud, so below are some handy tips from the BookTrust to help you get the most out of reading together. And remember, there's no right or wrong way to do it - and it's never too early to start.
Everyone in the family can join in: dads, mums, care givers, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunties and uncles.
Tips for reading with children of any age
• Set aside some time
Find somewhere quiet without any distractions - turn off the TV/radio/computer.
• Ask your child to choose a book
Sharing books they have chosen shows you care what they think and that their opinion matters. This means they are more likely to engage with the book
• Sit close together
Encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages.
• Point to the pictures
If there are illustrations, relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to describe the characters or situation or what will happen next. Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the pictures
• Encourage your child to talk about the book
Talking about the characters and their dilemmas helps children understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of time to respond. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling or how the book makes them feel.
• And lastly, above all - make it fun!