It is becoming known more and more that reading to your children can be one of the most effective ways to help them learn to read sooner, and have a higher chance of success in schooling and in life in general. It is literally never too soon to start reading aloud to your little one, and to continue doing so AFTER they have learned to read themselves! That’s right… here are the Top 5 tips for reading aloud to your little one…
1. Keep reading to them after they have learned to read themselves
As said above, one of the most critical keys is to continue reading to them long after they have learnt to read themselves.
“Most parents stop reading to their child after they have learned to read, but continuing to read to your child is one of the best behaviors you can continue to do at least through the elementary years.” – Jennifer Jones via www.helloliteracy.blogspot.com
2. Picture walking
When reading to your child, do a little picture walking on each page. That is, describe and talk abou all that you see in the pictures. This helps the child’s attention and ability to think for themselves, and will also give them clues as to the storyline of the book.
3. Pause and discuss
The goal isn’t to complete as many books as possible. Take your time and periodically stop and talk about something in the book, particularly if it relates to anything from your real lives. For example, if the story contains a dog character, stop and talk about how his behaviour is similar to that of your own pets, if appropriate.
“These feelings and “connections” help a reader’s brain stay “turned on” and engaged in the story which is key to comprehension.”- Jennifer Jones via www.helloliteracy.blogspot.com
Reading your child’s favourite book again and again creates pleasure and is a positive association between your child and the act of reading. Encourage it!
5. Read above their level
Challenge your children. Aim for 1-2 years above their current reading level. This will expose your child to new words and phrases, that will hopefully keep them more engaged than a book that doesn’t challenge them intellectually.
“The reader’s mind is just as important to the meaning of the story as the text. Simply by being alive and having experiences in the world, readers add background knowledge and emotions as they read. The amount, frequency, and intensity of these experiences will depend on the type of connections and responses a reader will have during reading. Therefore, it’s important for parents to realize that reading doesn’t just play a role in our life, but our life, and everything about it, plays an important role in our reading.”- Jennifer Jones