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Home Reading Help

One of the most common areas parents are concerned about, especially in the younger years, is home reading.


At Wadalba, we encourage all students to read every night. Our home reading program involves recording this on a card each night and students are rewarded with a certificate with each 25 nights they read.


Below are some tips on how you can help your child with reading at home.


Reading with your child at home ideas for parents of young children

 Home ideas (pdf 34 KB)


Reading with your child at home

Reading at home (pdf 556 KB)


Reading prompt Cards – to be used to help you guide your child with what to do when they don't know a word

 reading prompt card


Home Reading Extensions

Home reading extensions (doc 201 KB)


Some answers to frequently asked questions about home reading


My child's book is too easy. Should they go up a level?

The level students bring home is lower than what they read in class. These levels may in fact be 1-5 levels lower . Home reading should be easy for the child. It should be a relaxing time to enjoy reading with a family member or friend.


Why are some books at the same level much harder than the others?

The Home Reading Boxes contain many different styles of books from different publishers. This means that sometimes books in the same box are harder or easier than others even though the same number is on the front. If you get a book that seems too hard for your child it is okay to help them read it or even read it to them. It is better to do that than frustrate your child (and get frustrated yourself!)


My child keeps bringing the same book home over and over. Is this ok?

It is okay if your child chooses to bring home the same book more than once. After all, as adults we often read the same book again if we enjoy it!


When will my child bring home a higher level?

Teachers are trained to recognise when a child needs to progress through the levels. This may not always be through formal testing but also by the way they are performing in class. It is important to remember that reading aloud is only a small part of literacy. When a child is moved onto harder books too quickly it is difficult for them to develop other skills such as fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. This can cause more serious problems if not rectified.


Last year my child was going up levels all the time and now they hardly seem to move. Is there something wrong?

Students will initially move faster through the levels then plateau as teachers extend their knowledge in other areas.  We try hard not to place emphasis on the level of text the child is reading. Students that focus on the number can feel disheartened when they feel they aren't progressing. We ask that parents try to do the same. Sometimes it may seem as though your child has made little or no progress. Rest assured, if there is a concern with your child the classroom teacher will discuss it with you.


I'm still concerned. Should I speak to my child's teacher?

Absolutely! We encourage parents if they ever have any concerns about their child in any area to please make an appointment to see your child's teacher. Please remember that our teachers at Wadalba want your child to succeed and work hard both in and out of the classroom to help your child do just that.


What level should my child be reading?

Please take a look at the information provided under ‘Where should my child be academically?'