Reading to your kids is one of the best gifts you can give them. Not only is it a great way to bond, but you’re also preparing child to read on his own.
It takes a while to get used to reading aloud. It was a good year after my daughter was born before I felt like I was getting good at it. But with a little practice and these tips, you too can become a master storyteller.
Start by picking a great book and go from there…
Put a little emotion into the story and get into the rhythm of the language. Ask your child about what’s happening in the story. Ask her to find things in the illustrations. Many books have things hidden in the illustrations for this purpose – ever notice the red balloon floating through Goodnight Gorilla?
Have fun with it! If you’re reading Walter the Farting Dog and NOT making fart noises, you’re missing an opportunity to captivate your little listener! And lastly, don’t be afraid to make mistakes on purpose. This is one of my favorite things to do, especially when reading a book we’ve read a hundred times before. For example, try saying, “Don’t let the pigeon drive the car! and you’ll be met with screams of Not the car! The BUS! Not only does this involve your child, but it also shows him that it’s okay to make mistakes when reading.
Now that you’ve got the tips for reading aloud, all you need is a great book! We’d love to hear what you and your little one(s) are reading. Let us know on social media or leave us a comment!