As we all know, there is a lot more to reading than just reading! Here are some tips to help during reading sessions with your child at home.
Read 10 minutes every night with your child.
Discuss the illustrations. What do they think is going on? Why?
Predict what may happen. What would be good/bad etc?
Make up alternative endings.
Discuss what your child’s likes/dislikes are about the text.
What did we learn from the story? Was there a moral, did it give them any information? Was it factual or a fiction story?
Can you change your voice for all the characters?
Be guided by your child’s interests- Read your own stories as well as school books.
Become an explorer- Read fact, fiction, rhymes, poems, and picture books.
Ask questions about the story.
Discuss the sequence of events. Can you recall the events?
Most important keep it short, enjoyable, and fun
You do not always have to read the entire book every night. Focus on 2 pages and talk about the characters, setting, and plot in a lot of detail. You might want to take it in turns reading so your child can hear how you read.
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