Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Al Ain
Al Bateen Academy

Secondary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme Abu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Segregated 

Good American Massachusetts State Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not Applicable English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
  • 22 Apr, 2018
  • The Pearl Academy


Reading is a habit that we must encourage children to develop.  At The Pearl we do this by exposing children to a wide range of reading; Guided Reading, individual reading, topic book reading and online reading etc.

Our library plays a key role in developing children’s love of books and reading. This week we developed our library team further as we welcomed Mrs Chettri to work alongside Mrs Farooq as a Librarian. I know the children will benefit from her passion for books and her interest in developing their key skill, reading.

These tips adapted from may help you if you are finding it hard to develop your child’s reading habit;

1. Choose a quiet time
Set aside a quiet time with no distractions.

2. Make reading enjoyable
Make reading an enjoyable experience. Sit with your child. Try not to pressurise if he or she is reluctant. If your child loses interest then do something else.
Do you model the love of reading to your children? Do they see you as a reader?

3. Maintain the flow
If your child mispronounces a word do not interrupt immediately. Instead allow opportunity for self-correction. It is better to tell a child some unknown words to maintain the flow rather than insisting on trying to build them all up from the sounds of the letters. If your child does try to 'sound out' words, encourage the use of letter sounds rather than 'alphabet names'.
Reading to your child is just as important as them reading!

4. Be positive
If your child says something nearly right to start with that is fine. Don't say 'No. That's wrong,' but 'Let's read it together' and point to the words as you say them.
Boost your child's confidence and love of reading with constant praise for even the smallest achievement.

5. Success is the key
Remember 'Nothing succeeds like success'. Until your child has built up his or her confidence, it is better to keep to easier books. Struggling with a book with many unknown words is pointless. Flow is lost, text cannot be understood and children can easily become reluctant readers.

6. Visit the Library
Encourage your child to use the school library throughout the week.  The library is open before and after school each day. 
Would your child enjoy visiting the library with you?
It is a great time to show them how much you love reading.

7. Regular practice
Try to read with your child on most school days. 'Little and often' is best.
Is there a quiet time every day that can become a family reading time?

8. Communicate
Your child has a school reading diary or Personal Organiser (Years 3-6). Use it to record each time they read at home.  Your child will then know that you are interested in their progress and that you value reading.

9. Talk about the books
There is more to being a good reader than just being able to read the words accurately. Just as important is being able to understand what has been read. Always talk to your child about the book; about the pictures, the characters, how they think the story will end, their favourite part. You will then be able to see how well they have understood and you will help them to develop good comprehension skills.

10. Variety is important
Remember children need to experience a variety of reading materials eg. picture books, hard backs, comics, magazines, poems, and information books.
It doesn’t matter what children read as long as they are reading!