As soon as your child hits school age, it is typically a daily homework assignment for your child to read 20 minutes minimum a night. I have been reading to my son every night since he was an infant. He is now 8 and we read before bed still. As soon as he could talk at a very young age, I would take a letter and sound it out as I came across it in a book. I would have him repeat it with me until he would see that letter on a page and say it AND sound it. By 3 he could recognize 2 letter words so I would stop reading and let him read those on his own. It kept him learning letter sounds as a toddler and kept him focus on the story too.
Whether you are reading to a toddler or a third grader, there are ways to construct reading time in a way that will help your child tremendously excel in reading and comprehension with these teaching tips.
My son reading at 4 years old-Preschool
As you read with your child, stop to ask questions. You should ask questions before, during and after the story. This may sound like a chore, but in order for them to create an image and connect with the physical book as well as the story, they need to look beyond the words on a page. The younger the reader, the less questions and the older the reader the more in depth you can get.
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Before you start reading a new book, you can ask:
- What they think will happen in the story based on the title and cover image
- What might the problem or main idea be?
- Where might the story setting be?
- What do you know about this topic?
- What are you wondering?
- What does the title tell you about the story?
While you read, you can ask:
- What might happen next?
- What is happening so far?
- How do you feel about the story so far?
- Why do you think the character(s) do that?
- What might you have done?
- What do you think is happening next by looking at the illustrations?
At the end of the book, you might ask:
- What was the title again?
- Why do you think the Author wrote this book?
- What was the problem? Solution?
- What did you like/favorite part. What didn’t you like?
- What might happen in a sequel?
- What would you have changed in the story?
- Who was the illustrator? How did you like the illustrations?
My favorite books by age (below may contain affiliate links):
- Toddler: Sesame Street Set + Mickey Mouse and Friends Set
- Preschool: Maisy Goes to Preschool
- Kindergarten: Have You Seen My Dinosaur
- Early Elementary: Would a Worm go on a Walk
- Beginning Chapter Book: Amelia Bedelia
- Advanced Elementary: Capturing Cresselia
- Tween/Teen: Bees on the Roof
Tell me, what is your child’s favorite book right now?