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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gather around, turn off the lights, turn on a cozy lamp. Lay on pillows, be comfortable, but intimate.
- Unless you are dramatically gifted, long stories can be hard to read out loud.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Higher level books are great → If you think that the book is boring, then the children will know. You must read it all first.