Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Reading to your children- why?

I found a really great article and it got me thinking about books& reading to kids.
I have heard many teachers talk about the backslide kids have during the summer especially with their literacy skills. In order to keep the reading and language skills going we should read to our kids and the promote a conversation to ensure comprehension.
A few great tips for parents during the summer are:
1. Read everyday. Read anything, it doesn't have to be books; read recipes, poems, signs, and even cereal boxes!
2. Take turns. Have your kids read to you and you to them. I know my kids love it when we read TOGETHER! I  read a page and then they read a page.
3. Ask questions! Many parents make the mistake of asking questions in a testing manner. Ask questions that  promote thinking and not yes/no answers. What do you think will happen next? Why did that happen? Why did you like the story?
4. Make it fun. Turn the book into an activity. Many books have colouring pages and other activities that go with them. When you find colouring pages or activities turn it into a language rich experience. you can sequence the story by asking what was the first thing that happened in the story, the. What happened, and what next, etc. A great website to look at is for book activities. I also sell book buddies for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, etc. 
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The cool article was



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