It is so important that your child continues to read, this will help develop their confidence, strengthen their imagination and spark creativity.
For Reception children, reading can be achieved in a number of ways. They begin learning to read letters by saying the sounds they represent. As they become more confident they will progress on to segmenting each word by saying the sounds within, then blending them together in order to read the word. This could take place when playing phonics games or whilst reading a book, both are equally beneficial as the importance of helping your child to recognise individual sounds and blending them together will assist with future learning. The more practise your child has with this the more confident and fluent they will become. The difference when reading a book is the comprehension skills that accompany it. Completing comprehension skills is just as important as learning to decode the words on the page. This does not have to solely depend on the child, and can occur through you reading a story to them. Discussing the story before, during and after can help deepen your child’s reading experience as they will begin to make predictions, understand the role a character plays within a book, identify different emotions and feelings, recognise the sequence of a story and learn the meanings of unfamiliar words. Through deepening these skills your child will recognise that through both the words and images on the page there is meaning to the text.
Here are some suggestions of where to look for free online books and phonics games, however for some who are finding their child is not engaging with eBooks and would like to purchase their own I have also included a link to some reading material.