When children are actively part of the storytelling experience, it helps their brains to develop and prepares them to read independently later. And they like it better!

So when you read with your children, try asking them questions that will help them to think about the story and relate the stories to their life experiences.

The best questions don’t have one right answer.  Ask questions that prompt your child to think about the story and express an opinion. Doing this helps children to practice language, develop bigger vocabularies, and develop a love of books and reading aloud together.

Try these interactive reading tips and watch stories come to life for your child:

  • Before you read the book, look at some of the pictures and ask, “What do you think the story will be about?”
  • While you read the book, stop occasionally and look at the pictures. For example, if you were reading “The Three Little Pigs,” you might stop and ask “Look at this picture! How do you know that the wolf is having a hard time blowing down the house?” (e.g., the wolf’s face, the brick house is standing, the pigs are laughing…) or you might ask “Can you remember a time when you tried to blow something?” (e.g., bubbles, birthday candles).
  • When you finish reading the book, you might ask, “What would you use to build your house?” Then take it a step further, “Tell me more about why you chose to build your house out of that.”

 

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