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Children should be helped to read and write before starting school, say parents

25-Jul-12
Article By: Sue Learner, News Editor

Nearly 90 per cent of parents think it is important to help their child to learn to read and write before they start school, according to a new survey.

The survey of 1,000 parents, on behalf of Alphablocks magazine via Immediate Media’s Parenting websites, found 88 per cent of parents think it’s important to help their child learn to read and write before they start school.

This is even though just 43 per cent of the adults surveyed were helped to read and write by their own parents before they started school.

Stephanie Cooper, editor of Alphablocks magazine, a new pre-school title that supports phonics - a technique that helps children learn to read using letters and sounds, said: “As we start the summer holidays, a lot of parents with young children will be thinking about giving their children a head-start before they start their first term at school.

“Learning to read and write should be fun and a chance for parent and child to bond, share a sense of achievement and create happy memories of learning to read.”

The survey also found that adults who had learned to read and write with their own parents had fond memories of the experience and wanted to instil the same positive attitude towards books and reading with their own children.

They also wanted home learning to be fun and playful, rather than structured.