Do you want to spend time with your youngster, build reading skills and help develop a love of books? You can do all three when you read aloud together. Below are some suggestions.
Try to read to your child every day. You might aim for 10 – 15 minutes of bedtime reading for a peaceful end to the day. Bring along a book, an dread during a sibling’s sports practice. Or curl up together with a book when you get home from work.
Take Turns Choosing Books
Your youngster may want to hear old favorites again and again. Use your turn for new titles and variety such as nonfiction or poetry.
Let Your Child Participate
Ask your child to turn the pages while you read. Also they can finish sentences that rhyme or fill in words they know. Go slowly so they have time to understand the story and look at the illustrations. Children will enjoy read-aloud time even more if they play an active role.
You can use different voices for the different characters (a high squeaky voice for a mouse or a deep booming voice for a horse). Or, substitute child’s name for the main character’s name, and use family names for other characters.
You don't have to be an expert reader – your child will love it when you read aloud because it’s you!
From Reading Connection, Resources for Educators, 2014.