Children, especially young children who are just learning to read, can often say the words on the page but when asked questions about the story, or the information book, demonstrate that they have no understanding of what they have just read. Often they can be so busy using all their mental energy trying to decode each word that they simply lose the meaning.
Readability means how easy or difficult a book is to read and access the meaning. There are numerous examples of readability formulas and scoring methods that have been developed by literacy researchers around the world and you can read about these on a number of websites but a general rule of thumb you can use at home is as follows:
In today’s world, many families find it challenging to make the time to allow reading to take a place of priority in the ever-increasing list of activities in which parents and children can be involved but it is vital that families consider reading important enough to give it the time it deserves and to promote it in the home.
The following list of literacy websites recommended for use in the home or school contains but a few of the hundreds of sites that are available to support literacy development by undertaking a search on the internet.
As parents who are concerned that your children should succeed in learning to become literate you are probably already doing many things in your home and social environment to assist your children’s literacy learning. The things that you can do at home will engage and encourage your children while complementing and supplementing the learning they are doing at school.