Dear Parents,
Your child’s class has been chosen to do the PIRLS tests. 
This is a reading test that is undertaken by ADEC and is used to measure the UAE’s reading in schools compared to International schools. 
The schools and classes to be tested are chosen by ADEC, and communicated to the school. 
We are very honored to be able to show our excellent reading, and be part of this again this year.
We will be asking you to support this at home by reading with your children, encouraging them to choose books and do some reading as a daily activity. 
The most important thing for you to do is to read with and to your child as often as possible and talk to them about the story. See below for some ideas.
Best wishes
Miss Karen Frances White
What does research say about ways parents can help their children with reading?
The following suggestions have been beneficial to many parents:
•Provide a good role model — read yourself and read often to your child.
•Provide varied reading material — some for reading enjoyment and some with information about hobbies and interests.
•Encourage activities that require reading — for example, cooking (reading a recipe), constructing a kite (reading directions), or identifying an interesting bird's nest or a shell collected at the beach (using a reference book).
•Establish a reading time, even if it is only ten minutes a day.
•Write notes to your school-age child; encourage written responses.
•Ask your child to bring a library book home to read to a younger sibling.
•Visit libraries and book shops, talk about which books and authors they prefer. 
•Establish one evening a week for reading (instead of television viewing).