Some recent studies suggest that “Paired Reading” can be a very effective way of helping children to improve their fluency and understanding. “Paired Reading” is different from simply “hearing your child read” in that adult and child actually read together and for much of the time aloud in unison. It aims to avoid making the child feel anxious about making mistakes or feeling as though he or she were being tested. Paired reading can greatly boost children’s confidence and enjoyment in reading.
An important point to stress is that “Paired Reading” is not just for younger less fluent readers.
It can have just as much effect with children who are already reading well. Children soon learn to choose books of an appropriate level of difficulty.
By keeping the flow of reading going Paired Reading allows the child to gain a much greater sense of meaning and interest from a book, and unknown words are given in a context where they have more chance of being remembered.
Please try to do some Paired Reading every day: ideally about 15 minutes. Even 5 minutes is well worthwhile. Don’t do more than about 15 minutes unless your child wants to.
Don’t make your child do Paired Reading when they really want to do something else. It is often helpful if you and the child become accustomed to the same time each day regularly.
If Mum or Dad haven’t got time, grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, older brothers and sisters can help. It is important that they do Paired Reading in just the same way.
Try to find a place that’s quiet. Children can’t read when it is noisy, or when other things are going on. Get away from the T.V. or turn it off. Make yourselves comfortable and close.