Tips for Reading with Kids

Posted: October 5, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Most parents spend some time reading with their kids, but many of us may not know that how you read with your children is as important as whether you read with your children.  Here are a few tips on how to read with your kids:

  • Talk about the book with your child before reading it
  • Use an enthusiastic voice when reading aloud
  • Let your child ask questions about the book

(Source: Emergent Literacy by Ruth A. Wilson, Ph.D.)

In addition, these pointers will help your child begin to love reading. Making reading fun is especially important because the more enjoyable it is, the more a child will read. The more a child reads, the better reader he/she becomes.

  • Give kids Control and Choice in their reading selections
  • Make it fun, light, enjoyable
  • Use humor when appropriate
  • Keep the reading flow going – don’t bog down in decoding (sounding out words)
  • Ask questions during reading – about the meaning of  the story or parts of the story, rather than questioning about words and sounds of letters

Reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading.

Tips for reading aloud – from Reading is Fundamental
Tips from kids for parents – Reading Rockets
Tips for teaching kids to enjoy reading – from Parent’s Choice

Find more tips, booklists, audiobook info, and research about boys and reading on the Resources for Readers page.


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