Favorite Read Aloud Tips

Love the book yourself before you read it to the children

Read it all through yourself before introducing it. Don’t share a book you think is not interesting, because kids can tell. There are so many wonderful books available.

Select one you both will enjoy.

Choose books that lend themselves to reading out loud

Some books can be easier than others to read out loud, there are plenty to pick from so you can be choosy.

Vary in your approach to reading aloud and do it with expression

Listen to yourself on a tape recorder. Can your presentation be improved with dramatic pauses? Try using louder or softer speech or even try a funny voice.  Don’t be you’re your children won’t remember that you sounded silly but they’ll remember that you made it an interesting book.

Make read aloud time special

Gather every one around. Turn off the lights, turn on a cozy lamp. Or plump up the pillows and get comfortable, Read aloud time is classroom family time.

Don’t over evaluate

If you try and test or check too vigorously what your children learned from a story, you might kill some of the gain. You can assess what they comprehended with conversation or by doing an art project, but save the intense questioning for when they are in grade school.

Leave them begging for more

Don’t hesitate to leave them groaning at a cliffhanger or laughing at a joke. Then say, “more tomorrow.” And then…deliver!   and perhaps the most important

Read aloud every day.

You and your children both deserve it. Consider it like a daily vitamin for their literacy and future learning.