Tips on how to support reading @ home
9 April 2020
This week the WCED released tips and advice to parents on how promote reading activities in their home as part of the “Quality Learning @ home” series.
The Directorate: Curriculum (General Education and Training) has suggested that parents should try to do at least three reading exercises each day with their children. These could include:
- Re-telling a story: Ask your child to re-tell you a story they have read.
- Sequencing : Ask your child what happened first? What happened last?
- Role-playing : Ask your child to act out a story they have read or written.
- Word building: Build words with sounds e.g. c - a- t cat.
- Comprehension activities: Ask specific questions about the content in the story - What is the moral of the story or the point that a character is making and the consequences of it?
- Story writing: Ask your child to write a story for you, or keep a diary about their day.
- Book making: Make and write a book or draw a story.
They also released a guide for parents of learners in Grades 1-3 on how they can measure their child’s reading skills.
Their child should be able to read:
- Grade 1
- By end of term 1 - 10 words per minute
- By end of term 2 - 20 words per minute
- Grade 2
- By the end of term 1 - 50 words per minute
- By the end of term 2 - 60 words per minute
- Grade 3
- By the end of term 1 – 100 words per minute
- By the end of term 2 -120 words per minute
Parents should keep track of the words per minute their child is readi
ng and see if there is improvement.
The WCED has put together a list of free reading resources for learners and activities for parents at home. For links to these sites, please visit: https://wcedeportal.co.za/partners
This includes audio books, free digital book downloads, picture storybooks for early reading, materials on how to teach reading or advice on how to be a better reader.
To read the full statement, click here: https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/news/quality-reading-home-part-3