Is my child memorising the words or using the pictures? Hopefully a bit of both! When speaking to parents about early reading and how best to support the process, I always remind them about the importance of illustrations.Before learning to read,  it is so important to make sure children handle books and tell stories before they are faced with decoding words which can be a struggle at first. Books need to be a safe place and happy place.Visual cues act as a great support mechanism for  boosting confidence with books and language.Giving your child a visual road map will help with comprehending what they are reading. A brilliant way to use pictures in books is to just ask questions about what they think is going on in the picture.Never be tempted to cover up the pictures while your child is learning to read, allow them to utilise their full toolkit  to achieve their goals.

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