SCASD Librarians' Top Tips for Read-Aloud
- Read as often as you can, but picking a traditional time each day will help start the habit.
- Pick a read-aloud that you enjoy yourself; listeners always pick up on a reader's enthusiasm for a book or story which makes the entire experience more enjoyable for everyone.
- Encourage the child to be involved in the reading
- Ask them to turn pages
- Ask questions such as, "What do you think is going to happen next?"
- For the books a child asks to have read repeatedly, pause at a key phrase or word and let your child provide the next word(s).
- Use plenty of expression when you read. Try different voices for different characters.
- Children are never too old for read-alouds. For reluctant readers, read something they might not be able to read on their own but will engage them on an interest and maturity level that will hold their attention.
- For more ideas, Jim Trelease is the read-aloud guru:
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Last Modified on August 22, 2021