Senior Infants: Literacy

 Suggestions to Reinforce Literacy Skills at Home

Information on the Summer Stars reading programme for children can be found by following this link:


Engage in shared reading aloud (child/adult) at the pupil's reading level (adult accentuates reading with expression and being mindful of reading rate as well.)

Guidelines for Parents:

1. Make sure the atmosphere is happy and relaxed.

2. Find a quiet place where there are no distractions.

3. Sit down together so that both can see the book.

4. Let the child hold the book or show you what to do.

5. Talk about the book and any illustrations first.

6. Talk about what has happened and what might happen next.

7. Smooth out any difficulties by reading any words your child doesn't know.

8. Talk about what you have read.

9. Give lots of praise for effort.

Follow this link for further guidelines from the National Educational Psychologists Service (NEPS) on Paired Reading at Home:


Praise your child when reading. Strategies for tackling unknown words that your chid has learned at school are:


Encourage your child to read familiar books aloud to younger/older siblings, other extended family members (about 5 mins) 


The parent/guardian or adult in the child’s life can also read more challenging books to child. Provide opportunities to further extend pupil’s range of vocabulary and develop listening skills.


We would recommend the use of eAudiobooks/eBooks – Learn to Read