Top Ten Tips on Reading with Children
A-Z Challenge letter: R – Reading
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. —Emilie Buchwald
Reading with our children is important. It opens up a whole new world for them. It helps them master language. It helps them learn to read themselves. It helps with basic speech skills, helps build stronger relationships, achieve academically, develop concentration skills. And, of course, it’s fun! Einstein said
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read more fairy tales.”
Here are the top ten tips on reading with your children, from Barefoot Books Editor-in-Chief, Tessa Strickland
1. Be a role model – show your child how much you enjoy reading.
2. Share what you read so that your child links words with interesting information reading instructions from a recipe, a new game or a packet of seeds all helps.
One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children. —Carl Sagan
3. Read little and often. Set aside a special time every day (or more than one). Bedtime is popular, but breakfast works too!
4. Don’t worry about finishing the story; if your child wants to linger over a particular scene or episode, let her lead.
5. Choose books that you enjoy and show that you are enjoying them.
6. Be adventurous; find books that explore different themes and topics.
You may have tangible wealth untold; caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be. I had a mother who read to me. —Strickland Gillian
7. Ham up the narrative. Use funny voices when the dialogue invites this.
8. Vary the pace of your delivery to create a sense of drama.
9. Ad-lib if you want to, and let your child feel free to do the same.
10. Acknowledge and encourage your child’s responses to the story and talk about what you think of the characters and the story line.
I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp. —JK Rowling