Why Read the Classics to your children?
Reading the classics to your child will give them access to words that people don’t use in everyday speech anymore. This will expose them to a wide range of vocabulary and grammar. The writing from the 1800s is more detailed and will strengthen your child’s reading comprehension. As children progress through KS2 they should be reading longer and more descriptive passages, otherwise they will find it much harder to understand what they read and hear in school. Therefore, reading the classics will help build up their reading ability.
Where should I start?
Start reading the classics with your child from the Early Years or when they are able to sit and listen to a story. As they get older you might want to introduce stories that are well known or that have a movie version such as Peter Pan, The jungle Book, Charlotte's Web, The Wind in the Willows, Pinocchio and Swiss Family Robinson. However, read the book first and then watch the movie after; this can be used as a reward. Remember each child is different so you will be able to get a feel for the books that interest them and those that do not through reading to them. Our reading lists start from KS2 but if you are looking for classical literature for EYFS and KS1 try the Classic Starts series as these still have more pictures in the them and the text is larger and easier to understand. For slightly older children, consider the Puffin Classics or the Sterling Classics.