Writers: Barbara Morris

Barbara Morris

Barbara Morris, author of “Leading to Reading the easy way”, spent most of her career as a primary school teacher, a new entrant teacher and a specialist reading teacher for the last 26 years. When her grandson was four years old he wanted to read so Barb and her daughter searched for a resource to help them. Unable to find a suitable resource, Barb decided to research the acquisition of pre-reading skills and after seven years wrote, Leading to Reading the easy way.

Barb’s book covers all the pre-reading skills your children need to know to give them a great start to reading and writing at school.

Make going to the library a regular fun outing


Public Libraries provide weekly sessions full of fun for young children. They have action songs, stories and fun activities for you and your child. There is no cost for this. You can get 20 free picture books every week as well. No need to buy lots of books for your read aloud sessions at home. Continue reading »

Make books easily accessible


Put a basket of books in every room. Books are easily put away if a basket is nearby. Make the reading corner cosy by using a comfortable chair or cushions to make a “reading nest”. This is the “relax and read” place. The message this sends to children is that books are to be enjoyed and are very important! They are fun too!




Read aloud to your child as early as possible


It’s never too early to read aloud to your baby. Babies love colour and the sound of Mummy’s or Daddy’s voice. They love faces too. Cloth or card books with things to feel and wheels to spin are favourites. Flaps to lift are fun too. If the story is too hard but the pictures are big, colourful and fun, make up your own words with lots of exclamations and repetition. Your baby will love it!



Read aloud to your child


Reading aloud is the most important thing you can do to switch your child on to reading. Read the book and love it before you read it to your child. Become the characters as you read, using different voices and facial expressions to make the book come alive. Dive into the world of fantasy with them. Make books fun!

If you read one book a day, that will be 365 books a year.  More than one book a day is even better.




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