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How to Get Your Child to Read More 

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Reading for the 11+

One of the best ways your child can prepare for the 11+ English exam is to focus on reading. The 11+ English exam usually contains a comprehension exercise, and reading regularly can help your child develop their analysis and vocabulary, which will be very useful for this part of the exam. Improving their vocabulary and comprehension skills will also be helpful if your child has an 11+ verbal reasoning exam.

Reading across genres and subjects can help your child identify and understand essential language devices that come up in the 11+ English exam, such as the key figures of speech (similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, personification, etc.) and parts of speech (nouns, adjectives, verbs etc.).  

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1. Choose books that reflect their interests

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Introducing your child to books about subjects they are already interested in can help sustain their interest in reading. Ensure your child reads a good balance of fiction and non-fiction books. 

Creating this foundational interest in reading will encourage them to branch out into different genres and help widen their appreciation of literature. 

2. Read with them

If your child struggles to read alone and maintain their attention, you could begin to read with them. Getting your child to read aloud to you or taking it in turns can help your child absorb the story. 

You could make reading interactive by asking questions about the story, the characters, what they think will happen or how a particular passage made them feel. This will not only improve their comprehension skills but also make reading a more engaging and enjoyable experience. 

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3. Create a reading space

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Creating a comfortable, well-lit, personalised space in your home for your child to read can make reading feel more special. You could make this a technology-free, quiet corner to help your child immerse themselves in their book without distractions.

Setting up this space with your child could also be a fun activity to do together. Allowing them to choose what to put in the space and how to decorate it will help them feel more comfortable in the area. 

4. Create a progress chart

Introducing a progress chart is a great way to encourage and motivate a child who is struggling to read more. A progress chart can help you track your child’s reading progress and encourage them to reach their goals. 

You should ensure that you celebrate their progress with them, no matter how small, especially if they have been struggling to build a good reading habit. Offering positive reinforcement is an excellent motivator. 

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For extra encouragement, introduce a rewards system into your progress chart so that they get a prize every time they reach a goal. These rewards could range from small things like stickers and new books to blogger items like trips out or a new toy.

5. Visit libraries and bookshops

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Taking your child to a library or bookshop and encouraging them to select their own books can be an excellent way to get them excited about reading.

Making these trips feel special can help your child form positive associations with libraries and reading. Allowing them to pick their books can help them feel involved in their reading progress and more excited to read. 

Libraries and bookshops are filled with various genres and subjects to choose from. Visiting libraries and bookshops is the perfect opportunity to encourage your child to explore different books- from science fiction and fantasy to mystery and non-fiction. 

6. Talk to them about what they are reading

Talking to your child about the books they are reading, asking them questions about their favourite characters or getting them to explain the plot to you can be a great way to build their enthusiasm. 

Discussing the books will help improve their comprehension and analysis skills whilst reinforcing their reading habits. Making it a daily routine to talk about the books they are reading is a great way to keep your child motivated and on track to reach their reading goals.

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To make this a more challenging and engaging task, you could set your child up some fun projects to do after they have finished a book. You could get them to make posters about their favourite characters, write a few pages carrying on the story in their own writing style, or deliver a presentation to your family about why they enjoyed the book.  

7. Provide them with reading guides and resources

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Whilst reading with your child is a great way to spark their interest, there are also many resources they can use to help them understand the story, keep them entertained, and prepare them for the 11+. 

At Examberry, we have a collection of illustrated reading workbooks in our Children’s Classics range. We have workbooks of the beloved classics A Christmas Carol, The Wind in the Willows and Treasure Island. 

These reading books include activities at the end of each chapter, comprehension questions, open-style creative writing exercises and fun tasks. You can ensure their skills are developing with a detailed answer guide at the back of the workbook. 

Our beautifully illustrated workbooks will help your child become familiar with and confident reading classic fiction. 

Examberry Papers

At Examberry, we have a collection of illustrated reading workbooks in our Children’s Classics range. We have workbooks of the beloved classics A Christmas CarolThe Wind in the Willows and Treasure Island, with activities at the end of each chapter, including comprehension questions, open-style creative writing exercises and fun tasks. 

Our beautifully illustrated workbooks will help your child become familiar with and confident reading classic fiction. You can ensure their skills are developing with a detailed answer guide at the back of the workbook. 

Further Recommendations for the 11+

One of the most effective way to prepare for an 11+ entrance exam is to use practice tests written by experts.

We offer a range of  11+ revision resources including area & school-specific papers, subject-specific papers, spelling & vocabulary resources, and reading books.

Each of our practice tests:

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