Want to spend time with your child, improve their reading skills, and help them learn to love reading? Read-aloud’s are a perfect way to accomplish all three of these things.
- Read regularly. Try reading to your child every day. 10 to 15 minutes of bedtime reading is a great way to wind down at the end of a long day. Bring a book in the car and read during a sibling’s sports practice. Or curl up with a book when you get home from work.
- Take turns choosing books. Your child may want to hear the same favorite story again and again. Use your turn to introduce new titles and variety, such as non-fiction or poetry.
- Let them participate. Ask your child to turn the pages while you read. Have them finish sentences that rhyme or fill in words they know. Go slowly so they have time to understand the story and look at illustrations. Your child will enjoy read-aloud time more if they play an active role.
- Be playful. Use different voices for different characters. Or substitute your child’s name for the main character’s name, and use family members’ names for other characters.
- NOTE: You don’t have to be an expert reader – your child will love it when you read aloud because it’s you! 🙂