Children who enjoy story-reading times are likely to become interested in learning to read. Here are some ideas to help you make reading aloud fun.
Choose the Best
Choose books that you enjoy reading, that the children enjoy and that are fun to read. Libraries often have children book lists and children’s librarians are very knowledgeable. Use this great community resource.
Read with Gusto
If your children like it, read picture books using different voices and lots of expression. There are children who do not like the different voices. You know best what they will enjoy.
Over and Over Again
Young children love to hear the same stories over and over again, so read them over and over again because it’s good for children. Believe it or not, it seems they learn something new with each read through.
Let Them Talk
As you read, let the children add their comments. Reading aloud should be interactive, not simply ‘a’ reading. The children need to talk about what they see in the story and they need to link what they see and hear in the book, to their everyday experience.
Words, Words, Words
Explain the words in the story. Books are a great source of new and interesting words.
Link to Think
Link what the children see in the pictures to things in their environment. For example, if you are reading about cars, talk about the cars the children see everyday.
Join In for Reading
Encourage your children to join in if you are reading a book that has a repeated line, or one which is based on a nursery rhyme that your children know.
Stop reading if you realize the book is a dud or if most of the children become distracted.
Words to See
As your children get older, point to the words as you read them. This will help them link the printed word to spoken language.
Let Me Read It!