7 Tips for reading with your pre-schooler

By admin
25 June 2014

Why should you read with a child who isn’t in school yet? Well, because it will expand their minds, build their imagination and teach them things only books and stories can. Here are seven great tips for reading with young children from the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment campaign.

Why should you read with a child who isn’t in school yet? Well, because it will expand their minds, build their imagination and teach them things only books and stories can. Here are seven great tips for reading with young children from the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment campaign.

  1. Read the title of the book and the names of the author and illustrator each time you read. The first time you read a book with your children also ask them if they can guess what it might be about from listening to the title and looking at the illustration on the cover.
  2. Read with as much expression as you can. You may feel a little odd about doing this in the beginning but your children will appreciate it!
  3. As you read a story with your children develop your child’s prediction skills by asking, “What do you think will happen next?” at different points in the story.
  4. Deepen your children's understanding by asking, “What does that remind you of?”, “Why do you think he did that?” and “What would you have done?”. These kinds of questions connect stories to children's lives and help them to discover how stories work. Both these skills are essential for literacy development.
  5. Introduce your children to as wide a variety of books as possible. Share books by the authors that they most enjoy, but introduce them to new authors too.
  6. Repeat your children’s favourite stories as often as they ask for them. As they get to know the stories better, invite them to read along with you. Suggest they “read” (recite) repeated phrases and sentences such as “I'll huff and I'll puff and blow your house down” or “Trip, trap, trip trap”.
  7. Set aside a special time each day when you can enjoy books together. Choose books you like as well as ones you think will be of special interest to your children. And, of course, also make time to read the stories your children choose themselves.

These tips were provided courtesy of the Nal’ibali National Reading-for-Enjoyment campaign – aimed at sparking children’s potential through reading and storytelling. For more information, reading tips and story ideas to share with your children or reading clubs, go to http://nalibali.org/ or find Nal’ibali on Facebook or Twitter.

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