5 Written questions
5 Multiple choice questions
- 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.
- Unless you are dramatically gifted, long stories can be hard to read out loud.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
5 True/False questions
Love the book first → If you think that the book is boring, then the children will know. You must read it all first.
Read aloud every day → 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.
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.