Some of my favorite memories are of my parents reading to me when I was young. My dad would spend the whole summer reading to my brothers and sisters and I. Usually, he’d read one of the Chronicles of Narnia or one of the Harry Potter books. I still consider reading a form of relaxation and entertainment. It’s one of my favorite things to do!
In order to make the act of reading a more engaging and educational experience for your child, consider including these strategies the next time you read with your child:
- Use picture cues to help understand text.
- Identify initial, medial and end sounds.
- Ask questions to develop comprehension skills and new vocabulary.
- Segment, stretch and chunk unfamiliar words.
This TEDTalk, presented by Rebecca Bellingham, a teacher and literacy consultant, speaks to the importance of read-alouds both in school and at home: https://youtu.be/ZBuT2wdYtpM