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St Anne's Infants' School


Reach for the Stars

Developing Independence

  • Sit alongside your child with them holding the book. 
  • If they still need to point at text, make sure it's them doing the pointing.
  • If they make a mistake, wait until they have finished the sentence or page - they may notice, go back and put it right themselves. If not, try saying "something was not quite right here - try it again", before telling them.
  • If they get stuck and ask you what a word says, try saying "what could you do to work it out?" or "what do you think?"
  • Sometimes you may just need to tell them to keep the flow of their reading, but given a little thinking time and a prompt to try themselves, they might just surprise you!