The book banded helpful hints sheet should come home with your child to support you in knowing what to focus on whilst listening to your child read. Talking about the cover and making some predictions before reading can be really helpful in preparing your child to read. A strategy check before reading can also be really helpful asking your child, 'What could you do if there is an unfamiliar word in the text?' Encourage your child to think about using the pictures, 'sounding' the word out (using phonics) or using the context of the sentence (sometimes reading on and coming back to the word). We recommend that you give your child time to self correct. We all want to help our children but by telling them a word that they are stuck on without them using the above strategies can have an impact on their ability to use strategies independently. Practise makes permanent so the more your child uses a range of strategies to read unfamiliar words, the more embedded these habits become.