12 Terrific Read-Aloud Tips!

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12 Terrific Read Aloud Tips!

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When you take time to effectively read aloud to your child, you are not just creating a moment that helps them transition to bed easier, you are helping promote important reading skills and planting seeds that will help them grow into a successful reader. Below are 12 Terrific Tips to assist you in providing your child with developmentally meaningful read aloud experiences.

12 Terrific Tips

  1. Preview the book before reading it to your child by asking questions like, “Is it too long?”, “Is the content too mature?”, “Is it age-appropriate?”
  2. Pick stories with topics that interest your child (i.e., cars, ocean animals, nature, etc.).                                                                                  meandjames
  3. Snuggle up in a spot that is enjoyable and comfortable for both you and your child.
  4. Model appropriate print concepts like pointing to words as you read them, reading words left to right and top to bottom, turning the pages, and handling the book with care.
  5. Always name the title of the book, author, and illustrator.
  6. Discuss the illustrations on the front cover and make predictions before you read!
  7. Expose them to Phonemic Awareness by pointing out words that rhyme or begin with the same letter as their name.
  8. Use expression while you read. For example, if there is a mouse in the story, use a squeaky voice for that character. Or if the word “BAM” is used, read it louder and with more emphasis than the other words.
  9. Watch your reading pace!  Read slow enough for your child to soak in the words and visualize images in their minds.
  10. If your child asks a question about a word or event going on in the story, stop and discuss. If they start to ask questions over and over again, tell them you can discuss more after the story is over.
  11. Read and repeat the book 3-4 times to encourage comprehension.
  12. Don’t stop when they enter Kindergarten or 1st grade…continue reading to them (and with them) year after year!

Eventually, after reading aloud with your child over many years, you will reap what you have sown! Using these 12 Terrific Tips will help aid in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension – all necessary skills to be a successful reader.

As Dr. Suess says, “You’re never to old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book, and READ TO A CHILD!”

So, share with me: Where are you reading aloud to your child… on a jet with a pet, on a log with a frog, or in a chair with a bear?


Joanna Merideth







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