Do you want to spend more time with your child, build up their reading skills, and help them learn to love books? You can do all three when you read aloud to them. Not only will this strengthen your bond, but it will give your child a jump start in literacy skills. While you are entertaining your child, they are not only learning alongside you, but you both are spending precious moments together.
Here are some suggestions on how this 'read-aloud' time could be spent with one another:
Try to read to your child every day. Find that time in between, during your regular routines, where reading could be fun. You may bring along a book to read to your child during a sibling's sports practice. Or how about when you are out to eat, waiting for the meal. What about curling up together with a book when they return home from school. Try to aim for 10-15 minutes of bedtime reading for a peaceful end to the day.
TAKE TURNS CHOOSING BOOKS
Your child may want to hear old favorites again and again. That's ok! When it's their turn to choose, let them pick whatever they'd like, even if you've read it a "million times!” Use your turn for new titles and variety. Perhaps choose a "chapter book.” It's always fun to pick up where you left off the previous day, especially if you end at an exciting moment in the book.
LET YOUR CHILD PARTICIPATE
Ask your child to turn the pages while you read. Also, let them finish sentences that rhyme or fill in words that they know. Go slowly so that they have time to understand the story and look at the illustrations. Ask them questions about the story. Have them point out the characters. They’ll enjoy read-aloud time more if they play an active role.
You can use different voices for different characters (a high squeaky voice for a mouse or a deep, booming voice for a horse). What if you substituted your youngster's name for the main character's name, and use family members' names for other characters?
Remember, you don't have to be an expert reader yourself. Just pick up a book and read to your child. Whether it be enriching their imagination or promoting language development, the absolute best benefit of all is your child will love it because you are spending time together!