Keys to Reading Aloud to Your Children

Reading aloud to your children is one of the best ways to bond with them. However, it's not always easy to do. In this article, we'll share some tips that may help you out.
Keys to Reading Aloud to Your Children

Last update: 17 October, 2019

Reading aloud to your children helps promote family unity and can even help improve their reading skills. In this article, we’ll show you the keys to reading aloud with your children to ensure success. Take note!

In addition to being an essential part of building literacy skills, reading out loud is a fun and effective way to bond with your children. In fact, children love to listen to stories and spend time with their parents, which is why this activity is one of the best entertainment possibilities.

Reading aloud in an interactive way is key to developing an early enjoyment of books. However, it isn’t always easy to do so in a timely manner, and parents’ attempts aren’t always appropriate or well-received by their children. Fortunately for moms and dads, there are some keys to reading aloud to children. We’ll list them below.

Keys to reading aloud to your children

1. Be creative with your voice when reading aloud to your children

First, we recommend being creative with your voice. We aren’t suggesting that you need to be the best actor or actress in the world to read aloud to your children, but you have a responsibility to tell stories well.

When you read aloud to your children, you must show enthusiasm. When appropriate, you should use funny voices or different facial expressions to support the narrative content.

Keys to Reading Aloud to Your Children

And when the story has sound effects, take advantage of them to the fullest! Making animal noises works wonders to keep children focused and involved with the reading. You can even vary your tone of voice during the sad parts and use an excited voice for the happy ones.

2. Ensure easy access to books and reading materials

One of the easiest ways to promote reading is to organize a space that allows your children easy access to reading materials. A child who wants to learn to read or entertain themselves through reading should have no problem picking a book that interests them.

Therefore, it may be a good idea to put a bookshelf in a place where your children can easily reach all the books. Also, don’t forget the fact that we’re in the era of digital technology, meaning that your children might prefer reading books on the computer or a tablet.

3. Explain some of the new words

Third of all, we recommend explaining some of the new words your children haven’t heard before. This doesn’t mean you should stop and explain every unknown word in a book. Instead, it’s best if, every time you read the book, you explain different new words to your children to enrich their vocabulary.

4. Let your child pick a book

Finally, you should know that an excellent way to involve young children in the process of reading aloud is to allow them to select the book they want to listen to. You should know that book covers draw young children’s attention. Thus, letting them choose a book is one of the keys to promoting learning.

Keys to Reading Aloud to Your Children

We’re sure they’ll initially opt for shorter books or others that don’t have a lot of content. Later on, as you notice that their attention span improves, they’ll choose denser books. Thus, it’s a good idea to ask your children what story or book they’d like to listen to or read to promote their learning.

Before concluding, we want to remind you that reading aloud every day is one of the most effective ways for parents and teachers to help children become successful readers in the future.

In any case, you should never forget the power of reading aloud for your children’s future. If you don’t usually read aloud with your children, this is the perfect time to start! What are you waiting for?

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