How To Read To Your Child

07 Sep How To Read To Your Child

We can all agree reading to your child is very important. But have you ever thought of how you read to your child? Here are some helpful tips on how to read to your child.

Ages 0-3 

Try to read at least 15 minutes a day to child. Make it part of your daily routine.

Hold your child while you read this helps your child associate positive feelings with reading.

Have fun! Make silly faces, noises, and expressions while reading.

Point to pictures on the page and talk about them. Have your child do the same.

Know when to stop. If your child is squirming and not paying attention put the book down and stop reading. Your child will eventually learn to pay attention for longer periods of time.

Preschool 

Keep a healthy supply of books at home. 

Let your child choose what books they would like to read.

Engage your child as you read. Ask questions, such as, “What do you think will happen next?” or “How do you think the bear feels?”

Ask them to find different objects in the illustrations and to name them. This will increase their vocabulary. 

Follow the text with your finger as your read.

Children often love hearing the same story over again. Let them have a turn “reading”  allowing them to retell the story in their own words.

Elementary 

Help your child find books on the subjects that they like.

Read aloud to your child this will improve their reading skills. Another way to read together is shared reading. In shared reading the adult reads while the child follows along with the text. 

Have conversations about characters, plot, and settings. Discuss author, illustration, cover, and page numbers. 

Keep it positive and encourage your reader.