Does it matter how I read aloud to my child?
Dear RIF: Does it matter how I read aloud to my child or is it just important that I read?
It is the act of reading that is most important. However, there are things you can do to maximize the benefits of the reading experience:
Try to establish a regular time for reading aloud.
Find a quiet, comfortable place; snuggling together while reading is important.
Remove background distractions.
Select a book both you and your child can enjoy.
Point out the cover illustration and the author and illustrator's names.
Read with expression; have fun bringing the characters and events to life.
Read slowly so your child inorder to take in the words and look at the pictures.
Watch the child’s body language to see if you need to take a break.
Talk about the book afterward. Be sure to elicit the child’s reaction.
If it is a frequently read book, ask the child to retell the story in his own words.
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