Sapphire Level - proficient readers
Now you’re at the top level, your child is a proficient reader with a rich and varied vocabulary and a strong interest and curiosity in the world around them. Encourage and nurture this, so your child continues to associate reading as an exciting and enjoyable pastime.
By this Sapphire level, your child is likely to
• Be able to read independently and in silence for at least 30 minutes.
• Read aloud with fluency and with expression.
• Respond to what they are reading with an enquiring mind.
Help maintain your child’s enthusiasm for reading by staying involved. Sharing and discussing their reading experiences will make the learning process more motivating and interesting. Here are a few ways to encourage young readers who have moved onto Sapphire level.
1. Relish in reading
This is the last level, so well done all round: time for your now proficient reader to enjoy a tale of swashbuckling pirates and skulduggery. Sapphire Level Readers not only have interesting and informative narratives, but also additional facts, explaining or providing more details about the subject. Your child is encouraged to enquire further and increase their knowledge.
2. Say it out loud
Two or three times a week, ask your child to read a chapter to you. Reading aloud to others provides the best learning opportunity for your child to continue to develop their reading. The social interaction gives your child both a reason to read, as well as practice for expressive reading and performing to a listener.
If your child has already read part of the book, then before starting, ask them to explain briefly what has happened so far. Encourage them to read slightly slower than their normal silent reading speed so that their words are clear and the listener has time to absorb the information too.
3. Reading for life
The Sapphire Level Readers are just the spark to encourage your child to find out more about a topic. After reading a chapter, ask if there’s anything they’ve just read that they’d like to discover more about, then you can do some more research together by searching the internet or looking at other reference books.
Whether it’s to find out more information or just to curl up and relax, reading is a great source of enjoyment and learning. Every now and then your participation in their reading will encourage and motivate them – and it’s also a good opportunity to do something together. And once you’re done, don’t forget to get them to fill out the Certificate of Reading and enjoy the free stickers as a reward!
A few additional tips
* Read aloud to your child to demonstrate fluency and expression.
* Encourage your child to read a range of different genres such as newspapers, poems, review articles and instructions.
* Let your child read to a variety of eager listeners, such as a sibling or a grandparent.