March 2024 Newsletter – Best Practices When Reading with Children: Tips and Strategies to Use When Reading With Children

Tips and Strategies to Use When Reading With Children

Reading to children has been proven to promote literacy learning. As educators, we are able to begin laying the foundations of literacy regardless of their age. Reading books to kids is a fun way to introduce the skills needed to begin to learn how to read. So what are ways we can make the most of our reading experiences to provide the most benefit?

Let’s look at some tips and strategies we can use.

  • Reading aloud to kids should be part of a daily routine. Begin with shorter books and time, as children get older and their attention spans grow we can spend more time on this activity. Allow the kids to select the book to read, this will get the kids involved in the process.
  • When reading to kids, use a technique called dialogue reading. Dialogue reading involves talking about what is being read. Use the text and illustrations to talk about what is happening in the story and on the page. This will help the child make connections, explore, and explain what is happening in the story.
  • To make the read-aloud experience more enjoyable and beneficial, make it interactive. Show emotion, use different voices, incorporate actions, engage the senses, point out pictures, and allow the students to participate and interact with the story. Another article in this newsletter dives further into what interactive read-alouds are, their benefits, and how to incorporate them into the daily routine.
  • Read the same book over and over again. Children love to jump in to “read” their favorite parts of the book back to you, based on their memory of the story. Studies have shown that reading the same book multiple times can help children develop language skills and improve reading comprehension.
  • When reading aloud slide your finger under the words from left to right as you read with fluency using somewhat exaggerated expressions. Finger-point reading helps children make voice-to-print connections, which is very important in the literacy process. When reading to kids, be sure to define new words that they do not know. Explain a few of the words before beginning to read the book. Each time you re-read the book, you can explain different new words. This will help build the children’s vocabulary.

No matter what tips or strategies you use when reading to kids, the most important thing is to make it fun and interactive. It will lay the foundation for literacy learning and is one of the most important tasks an early childhood educator can do.

 

For the main article Best Practices When Reading with Children, CLICK HERE

For the article Developmentally Appropriate Literacy Learning in Early Childhood, CLICK HERE

For the article What are Interactive Read-Alouds?, CLICK HERE

For the article What Can Families do to Support Literacy Development at Home?, CLICK HERE