Children need to learn how writing works. Books are a great way to introduce children to the printed word, the more stories that children hear then the more story book language they absorb.
Through hearing stories they will become aware of different kinds of characters and the different events that can happen in a story. If reading books is part of a child’s daily experience, they will learn that ideas can be written down and shared. They will also see how writing is organised.
Draw your child’s attention to words printed around them such as road signs and labels in shops. Model how to use books for example starting from the front, text going from left to right, turning one page at a time. Look at pictures together and ask the children to tell you what they can see.
Parson Street Primary School,
Bedminster Road, Bedminster,
Bristol, BS3 5NR