Home Readers

Throughout their time in Reception class and Year One, your child will bring home a home reader book. This book will be closely matched to the level of reading that they are currently working at in school.
 
At the beginning of Reception, they may bring home a picture book where they can use the pictures to tell the story or talk about what they can see in the pictures; this is an important stage in early reading.
As the children begin to progress through the sounds taught, their books will become increasingly complex but as already stated, the children will have learnt those sounds during their phonics sessions in school.
 
The aim of the home reader is to consolidate the sounds and words that the children have learnt, their comprehension and expression but most importantly; to develop their fluency when reading. For this reason, books are given out once a week and kept for the whole week with the vision of them reading the same book over and over and over at home. The reason for this is that on the first read, the sounds and 'tricky' words may new to them and they will need to sounds the words out before reading the whole word. E.g. 'c-a-t, cat'. The more they read the book and become familiar with the words they sounds out, we as parents can encourage them to not sound out the word/words as much as they have now read the book maybe three times before so they can try to read them without the sounding out. They may also now recognise the 'tricky' words that they've seen a few times before and therefore can be encouraged to just read them quickly. Hopefully, across the week the children's reading will sound less 'robotic' and more fluent. We can show the children an example of this by sounding words out/reading like a robot and then read fluently with expression too and then ask the children if they can spot the difference. Which one sounds better? Why? 
 
This approach aims for our children to become quick and fluent which will have endless benefits for them now and later in their education. 
 
In this reading section of the website, you will find 4 example videos of what reading at the beginning of the week may look like compared to what it may look like at the end of the week. I hope you find these useful.