5 Written questions
5 Multiple choice questions
- Books with rhyme and repitition are great, make a point to read Mother Goose type books often.
- Always say the title of the book, the name of the author, and the illustrator, no matter how many times that you have read the book.
- Do not wait until you think that your children are "old enough" to read for themselves to start reading to them out loud. Continue reading to them until they are at least 10 years old. Children continue to beniefit from listening to others read long after they have learned to read for themselves.
- Listen to yourself on a tape recorder. Improve the presentation with dramatic pauses, or by making your tone louder or softer. Add funny voices. Don't be shy in reading. They won't remember that you were being silly, they will just remember and interesting book.
- If you can, and it fits, change the tone of your voice through out the story to fit the dialogue.
5 True/False questions
Choose a book that is easy to read out loud → Unless you are dramatically gifted, long stories can be hard to read out loud.
Make sure they can see the pictures → Set the children in a semi-circle around you, sit just above them, so that all the children can see, even the ones in the back row, who have to look over others' heads.
Make the read aloud time special → Make it like a daily vitamin for the children, read from a novel, a newspaper, a poem, a diary, a play.... just anything that will entertain them.
Leave them asking for more → Leave them at the cliffhanger, laughing at a joke, crying along, then just say, "more tomorrow" But make sure that you then deliver.
Be versatile with your approach → Take turns reading to each other. Or have them read along with their own copies. Or take turns reading pages. This all depends on the age group of the children you are reading to.