5 Written questions
5 Multiple choice questions
- Make a point to read books that are higher than your child's reading level, but still within their interest level.
- 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.
- 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.
- Keep the children engaged. Discuss the illustrations, on the cover, and on each of the pages. Ask them "What do you think this is going to be about?" "What do you think is going to happen?" And keep them involved by asking them every so often, "What do you think is going to happen next?"
- 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.
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.
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.
Most common mistake → If you think that the book is boring, then the children will know. You must read it all first.
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.