5 Written questions
5 Multiple choice questions
- 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.
- 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.
- Unless you are dramatically gifted, long stories can be hard to read out loud.
- 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.
- Make a point to read books that are higher than your child's reading level, but still within their interest level.
5 True/False questions
Use lots of expression → If you can, and it fits, change the tone of your voice through out the story to fit the dialogue.
Most common mistake → Reading to fast!!!! Make sure that you read slowly enough for the child to build mental pictures of what you just read. Slow down so that the child can see the pictures. Reading too fast leaves no time for the reader to use vocal expression.
Make the read aloud time special → Gather around, turn off the lights, turn on a cozy lamp. Lay on pillows, be comfortable, but intimate.
Don't wait → 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.
Before you read → 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.