Reading Aloud Tips for Parents

Tips for Parents with Younger Children

Make reading part of every day. Read at bedtime or during breakfast.

A few minutes is okay.  Young children can only sit for a few minutes for a story, but as they grow, they will sit longer.

Talk about the pictures. Often more than just the words tell the story.

Let your child turn the pages. Even pre-readers who carefully follow the story know when to turn the pages.

Show your child the cover page. Discuss what you think the story is about.

Show your child the words. Run your finger under the words as you read them.

Make the story come alive. Create voices for the story characters and use expression.

Ask questions about the story. “What do you think will happen next?” “Why do you think the character did that?”

Let your child ask questions about the story. Use the story as an opportunity to engage in conversation and to talk about personal connections you both can make to the story.

Have fun! Children who love books learn to read. Books can be part of a special time with your child.

 

Tips for Parents with Older Children

Make reading part of every day. Read at bedtime or during breakfast.

Talk about any pictures. Discuss how they support the text.

Discuss chapter titles. Make predictions about what the chapter might be about.

Take turns reading. Your modeling of fluent, expressive reading will help your child do the same.

Make the story come alive. Create voices for the story characters and use expression.

Ask questions about the story. “What do you think will happen next?” “Why do you think the character did that?” “What would happen if . . .?” “What is your opinion of . . . ?” “Do you agree with what (name of character) just did? Why/why not?”

Let your child ask questions about the story. Use the story as an opportunity to engage in conversation and to talk about personal connections you both can make to the story.

Have fun! Children who love books learn to love reading. Books can be part of a special time with your child.