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Newquay Sun 13-Jun-21 20:38:35

Eldest DGD teaches Year 3. She’s asked if I’ll join her to walk her class to the nearby high school pool once a week-absolutely fine.
She’s asked if I would like to help listen to the readers-again am delighted and it’s fine (once I’ve been checked of course-nothing to see here!).
Apart from helping our own DC and DGC I’ve had no training-any tops?

Mrsdof Wed 16-Jun-21 11:05:34

When I worked in London for a large multi-national company they had a scheme whereby we used our lunch breaks once a week to travel to a school in the East End to help with reading. We were allocated a particular child who had a fairly difficult home life and were encouraged just to give them some 1-1 time which they didn’t always get at home. They came on in leaps and bounds and we were invited by the school to attend Sports days and Nativity plays. My company were very happy for us to take a little extra time off to do this and even provided taxis to get us there. It was wonderful and I often wonder how those children are now doing

Aepgirl Wed 16-Jun-21 11:18:22

You can help at schools as a ‘teaching assistant’ - properly DBS and COVID checked - without having qualifications. Go for it, you’ll love it.

tictacnana Wed 16-Jun-21 11:19:39

As has been said, a one-to-one reading experience is most of what is asked. A discussion of the text might be useful. A lot of reading schemes have suggestions for this at the back of the books. I wouldn’t get too hung up on phonics. It’s a good way of decoding longer unfamiliar words but can be over used .My GS used it for EVERY word until I played flashcard games with him to build up his sight vocabulary. The main thing is to have fun! Enjoy !

aonk Wed 16-Jun-21 11:33:25

Many of the children who read with you won’t, for a variety of reasons, have the opportunity to read to adults at home. In a way you will be just like a friend or relative listening to them read. The school will tell you what to do so it will ne quits straightforward.

Lupin Wed 16-Jun-21 11:33:50

I think you will have just what they need. You are excited about doing it and being involved. Concerned for the children, that you get it right. Enthusiasm and interest. What a recipe for success. I wish you and the children joy. Have fun.

Jillybird Wed 16-Jun-21 12:16:44

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Jillybird Wed 16-Jun-21 12:18:16

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Alioop Wed 16-Jun-21 12:39:24

I think it's a lovely thing to do and being able to have their company will be great for you too after a year of hardly seeing anyone.

timetogo2016 Wed 16-Jun-21 12:46:33

I did 10 years voluntary every afternoon at the local infant school and loved every minute of it.
So rewarding.
Have fun Newquay.

HillyN Wed 16-Jun-21 12:47:22

I used to listen to readers before covid; the school arranged a couple of days training for me.
My main tip is to check that they are not just reading mechanically using the phonics, but are actually taking in what they have read. Many apparently competent readers have no idea what they've just read.
To do this you could ask them at the beginning about the characters or what has happened in the story so far, maybe using the illustrations to help. Then after they have read to you, you could ask them a question about what they've read or say "Ooh, I wonder what will happen next?" and talk about it.
If they are reading with comprehension, you can use that when they get stuck on a word. Suggest they read on to the end of the sentence and then think of a word that would 'fit' with the meaning/story.
Don't forget to praise them when they have finished, using a specific thing they have done well- e.g. "I really liked the expression you put into...., it made it very exciting".

Talullah Wed 16-Jun-21 12:51:40

I used to do one to one reading with a Year 2 class. One book we were reading made me laugh. Then I couldn't stop laughing. Something about a man thinking a bush was a huddled old lady. In the fog. Well the little girl smiled politely and tried to carry on but I had one of those moments when the laughter wasn't stopping. I ended up with tears streaming down my face as I laughed and gripped the table desperately trying to stop. It took a while and we carried on. But even now, 30 years later I'll guffaw about it. As to the OP go for it. It is great fun. Can be hilarious sometimes ;-)

GrauntyHelen Wed 16-Jun-21 13:00:46

I did this 30 odd years ago when I was a School Chaplain it was most enjoyable

GandT Wed 16-Jun-21 13:57:25

I used to help out at a local school for years. If time allows, I used to do a few memory games or where's Wally type books at the end as the children loved the challenge.

polly123 Wed 16-Jun-21 14:02:54

I always loved reading to my classes and they loved hearing books read aloud (with some rather dodgy attempts at trying to change voices for different characters). I think one of the most important aspects of teaching reading is to foster a love of books which generates a desire to read.

Minerva Wed 16-Jun-21 16:29:20

Over the years helping with reading and IT skills I got to go to the Millennium Dome, a Stately House, an Urban Farm, the Natural History Museum and the London Eye to mention just a few, as a result of volunteering in school, I felt well rewarded. I still have a bunch of cards from the lovely children I worked with.

Silvertwigs Wed 16-Jun-21 17:34:09

ValerieF, I see where your coming from but payment isn’t just about money and financial gain?

I spent many years volunteering for Victim Support and supporting survivors of terrible crimes at court, no one was ever ungrateful and that gratitude was my biggest ‘earner’ in my life.