Reading With Your Child
There can be few things as powerful as regularly reading with a young child. It has astonishing benefits for children: comfort and reassurance, confidence and security, relaxation, happiness and fun. Giving a child time and full attention when reading a story together tells them they matter. It builds self-esteem, vocabulary, feeds imagination and even improves their sleeping patterns.
Another key thing to consider, to ensure reading with children is an enjoyable and productive experience, is the environment in which families share stories. A quiet and relaxed environment works best, with few distractions.
To check their understanding of what they have listened to or read themselves, here are a few questions to ask your child:
- Look at the front cover. What could the book be about?
- Who is the author?
- What is an illustrator? What do they do?
- What does that word mean? Read the words around it, to help you figure it out (context).
- How can you read an unfamiliar word?
- What do you think will happen next?
- How do you think that character feels?
- Can you predict how the book will end?
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Reading is everywhere and anywhere!