• Reading Aloud Tips


    READING ALOUD TIPS

    “I ALWAYS STUMBLE BECAUSE I READ TOO FAST.”

    “I’M AFRAID MY CHILD WON’T LISTEN TO ME.”

    “I WAS LAUGHED AT WHEN I READ ALOUD AT SCHOOL.”

    Do you have worries like these when you read at home?  Many parents avoid reading aloud to their children.  However, reading aloud is one of the best ways to help your child succeed in school.  Keep these tips in mind:

    1-   Everyone makes mistakes.  If you make a mistake when reading aloud, your child will learn it’s okay for him/her to do so, too.

    2-   Practice makes perfect.  Find a book that you like and read it aloud by yourself until you feel comfortable.

    3-   Involve your child in the story.  Have him turn the pages.  Or, read one line and have him read the next.

    4-   Take your time and don’t rush the story.  Your child can tell if you are in a hurry.  Reading slowly will help you read clearly.

    5-   As you feel more comfortable, try changing your voice to show the characters feelings – joy, sadness, fear.  These variations can make the story more exciting for both of you!

    6-   Remember you are helping your child learn to enjoy reading, so try different types of reading materials, such a comic strips or poetry.

    7-   Above all, try to relax and enjoy the time you are spending with your children.