5 Written questions
5 Multiple choice questions
- Unless you are dramatically gifted, long stories can be hard to read out loud.
- Gather around, turn off the lights, turn on a cozy lamp. Lay on pillows, be comfortable, but intimate.
- Make a point to read books that are higher than your child's reading level, but still within their interest level.
- 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.
- 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.
5 True/False questions
Most common mistake → If you think that the book is boring, then the children will know. You must read it all first.
Rhyming books are excellent → Make a point to read books that are higher than your child's reading level, but still within their interest level.
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.
Use lots of expression → If you can, and it fits, change the tone of your voice through out the story to fit the dialogue.
Read aloud every day → 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.