5 Written questions
5 Multiple choice questions
- 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.
- Books with rhyme and repitition are great, make a point to read Mother Goose type books often.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
Use lots of expression → If you can, and it fits, change the tone of your voice through out the story to fit the dialogue.
Love the book first → 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.
Ask questions as 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.
Higher level books are great → If you think that the book is boring, then the children will know. You must read it all first.