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Last updated 10:56 AM on 15 September 2011

Parents play an important role in developing their child's reading ability. Here are six great ways to help with this vital skill.

  1. Together find information and interesting facts about things that intrigue or interest your child in books, magazines or on the internet. Read and talk about what you find out.
  2. Provide your child with plastic letters, crayons, pencils, chalk, pens and writing paper.
  3. Make things together and ask your child to read out simple directions (eg recipes while you cook together).
  4. Suggest that your child writes simple stories on the computer. Re-read and talk about the stories together or send an email response to them.
  5. Do crosswords and other types of word puzzles or word games together in books, magazines or on screen.
  6. Read the TV guide together from the paper or onscreen before watching a program