#1 – Remember, the art of listening is acquired.
#2 – The first time you read a book, discuss the cover illustration.
#3 – Read slowly enough for the child to build mental pictures.
#4 – Use plenty of expression, change your tone of voice, and adjust your pace to fit the story.
#5 – Encourage involvement; invite the child to turn the pages for you.
#6 – Ask “What do you think is going to happen next?”
#7 – During repeat readings of a predictable book, stop at key phrases and allow the child to provide the words.
#8 – If you can’t finish a chapter, find a suspenseful spot at which to stop.
#9 – Paper, crayons, and pencils allow active children to keep their hands busy while listening.
#10 – Reading aloud comes naturally to very few people. To do it with ease takes practice – and it’s worth it!
Did you read today??
Photo credit: karindalziel