Thank you to all of the parents who have volunteered for Paired Reading. These helpful guidelines have been provided by the Primary Curriculum Support Programme.
What is Paired Reading?
Paired Reading is a technique that parents can use to help their own child
with reading practice. The method involves the parent who is a skilled
reader and the child who is learning, reading a book together.
Who is it for?
Every child will benefit from using Paired Reading. It is not just for
children with learning difficulties.
What are the benefits?
Parents who have undertaken Paired Reading report that not only does
the child's reading improve but that child's self-esteem has improved, and
generally the child is more co-operative at home also. This can be
attributed to the quality parent - child relationship that develops as they
spend more time together.
When should it be done?
Choose a suitable time when the parent and child are going to be in a
good frame of mind. Avoid any time when the child is likely to be tired,
hungry or irritable. Agree on a given time, five to seven times a week and
stick with that schedule.
How do we choose the books?
The child's class teacher may be able to offer suggestions about suitable
books to read. Seek the advice of your librarian when you visit the local
library. Allow the child to choose the book if possible. If you have to choose the book yourself, make sure the vocabulary is suitable, and that the print is clear. Books with pictures are generally best. Don't worry if the child uses the pictures to predict the text. The important thing is that the child is getting practice at reading and that reading is becoming more enjoyable.
Think about a child learning to ride a bike. In the early stages you give
the child encouragement, confidence and control, by holding the bicycle.
Your own instinct will tell you when to let go. So you can gradually
disengage for longer periods until your child is able to ride without help.
The same applies to Paired Reading. It is an ideal way of helping your
child to become an independent reader.