10 Tips for Reading Aloud to Children

 During these cold winter days, nothing is better than snuggling up with a good book and a warm drink.  Below are some tips for those of you who read to children.  They are based on Jim Trelease's "Thirty DO's To Remember when reading aloud".
  1.  Remember: The art of listening is acquired.
  2. The first time you read a book, discuss the illustrations -including the cover and the endpages. Ask the child what they think the book will be about based on the pictures.
  3. Read slowly enough for the child to build mental pictures.
  4. Use plenty of expression, change your tone of voice and adjust your pace to fit the story. If you are reading to a child that can read - let them participate by reading some of the dialogue.
  5. Encourage involvement; invite the child to turn the pages.
  6. Ask "What do you think is going to happen next?"
  7. During repeat readings of a predictable book,stop at key phrases and allow the child to provide the words.
  8. If you can't finish a chapter, find a suspenseful spot at which to stop.
  9. Paper, crayons and pencils allow active children to keep their hands busy while listening.
  10. Reading aloud comes naturally to very few people. To do it with ease takes practice. It's worth it!

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