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Last updated 2:35 PM on 5 March 2012

You may have already heard of ‘Pause, Prompt, Praise' or the ‘Three Ps' as the strategy is sometimes called.

These three catchy words describe a simple technique that, used well, will help your child practise their reading and develop their reading confidence.

The principle of pausing, then prompting and then praising is handy to remember any time your child is reading aloud to you.

Teachers and trained tutors often use a more structured version, but the following tips can help you to try out the Three Ps when reading with your child at home.

It's best used when your child is reading and gets stuck on words that they can't read or are new to them.

When you child comes across words that are difficult for them to read, the Three Ps technique lets them have another go, self-correct and, if needed, find out (be told) what the problem word is.

Important things to remember about the Three Ps

  • The goal of reading is to understand (make sense) of what is read, so always keep this in mind when you are prompting and praising your child.
  • Try to ensure that you are relaxed, interested and supportive, which will help your child feel OK when they make mistakes or just can't work out a word and need to be told what it is.
  • At home this technique will work best when your child is reading something that is well-matched to their reading level, that is, where your child can easily read most of the words in the text and only stumbles on occasional words.
  • Before reading, make sure both of you are comfortable and can clearly see what is being read.

Read the full article on the School A to Z website.