Reading With Your Child

General Tips for Reading Together


  • Allow your child to see you reading.
  • Read with expression; read slowly.
  • The more your child participates in the story, the greater the understanding.
  • Encourage your child to participate by asking open ended questions that make your child think, such as, "What would you do?"
  • Alternate reading with your child; take turns reading a page or chapter each.
  • Along with a read aloud time, plan an independent reading time also.
  • Keep plenty of reading materials around the house.
  • Involve your child in selecting books as much as possible.
  • Matching the right book with the right child takes time. Be patient!
  • Make sure that you, as the reader, enjoy the story.
  • If a story isn't working, STOP READING!