Speaking and reading are closely linked. A child who doesn’t use many words, will be less ready to read.
Tell your child the name for anything they don't know. This helps children learn new words and helps them to become better readers.
Children often enjoy learning new words about a subject that they are interested in. Think about young children who can tell you long and difficult names of dinosaurs, animals, or types of car.
Knowing that the squiggles we call writing have a meaning, and recognising a few letters or words are the first steps to reading. Many children first read the name of a supermarket or a stop sign in the road, because they see these words fairly often and know what they mean.
Learning to read is sometimes called an apprenticeship. This is because children learn best by seeing others around them using reading in daily life, for example:
You can borrow books for free at Norfolk libraries and all children can have their own library card.