Key to learning to read is closely linked to being curious about reading!

You can awaken that curiosity and a love of reading in your child. Many parents want to teach their children to read simply because they know how fun it is; because they know that reading opens the door to an enormous world.

One way to get your child interested in reading is to read to them from birth; read with them for all sorts of reasons, have lots of books easily accessible and let them see you reading. If they think of themselves as a reader and know that books are fun, this is a great start.

• Activities with books
The easiest way to get your child excited about reading is to show them how to use books to come up with great ideas.

• Act it Out
Act out your favourite stories, adding extra vocabulary to increase understanding and interest. If your child has a good vocabulary, they will feel more confident later on, when they try to read difficult words they may not have seen in print before.

• Copy Cat
If someone makes something in a story or does some cooking, do the same thing together.