Tips For Reading To Kids

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While reading to children every day is a well-known rule for mothers, any parent for that matter, to follow, many people don't know how to go about this. This is especially true for new mothers. For example, you may not know whether you should change your voice as you read a story, if you need to make your child sit through the entire story, when you should answer your child's questions, etc. You may think that there isn't a wrong way to read to children, and you're right, but there are several things that you can do to make the experience better for them. Below are several tips you may find helpful.

Point to Words: Part of reading to your children is familiarizing them with the written word. To help do this, when you read to your children you should drag your finger below the words as you read them. Not only will this draw your children's attention to the words on the page, but it will also teach them how to read correctly…from right to left.

Utilize Nursery Rhymes: There are a variety of books out there that focus on Nursery Rhymes. You should use these often because they are short stories that contain rhyming words in a repetitive manner. This is important because when children are exposed to the same words over and over, especially within the same story, they begin to instantly recognize those words.

Variety: Read your children a variety of different books. Don't just read one particular book over and over again, night after night, instead switch it up. You might read a Bible story one night and a Thomas the Train story the next. When you don't focus on one particular type of book, you will be instilling a love for all different kinds of books in your children. As your children get older, add non-fiction books into the mix as well. Even magazine articles are good to read as well.

Be Interesting: To instill a love for reading in your children, you need to make the stories interesting. In most cases, all this requires is that you have a good attitude about reading to your children. However, changing your voice from character to character will help too. The main thing that makes a story interesting for children is when you have a good attitude and have fun at story time.

Attention Span: Many first-time parents hold high expectations for their toddlers. It's important to remember to make reading fun as well as educational. Therefore, you need to take your child's attention span into consideration. If you want to read an entire story, then you should pick short books to read to your toddler. Have patience because over time, his attention span will increase and so with the length of the stories you are able to read to him.

Question and Answer: It's important to take the time to answer your children's questions they have about a story during your reading time. Whether you stop mid-story or not is up to you. For toddlers with short attention spans, it may be better to answer questions after each page, but for older children waiting until after the story is finished may be best. You want to help your children's reading comprehension skills develop and answering your children's questions will do that. In addition, it's good at the end of the story to ask your children questions as well. This will also help their reading comprehension and memory skills.


Mommies Magazine offers you additional tips to getting the most benefit from reading to children

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