Tips for Reading To and With Children in Grades 3 to 5
Posted on February 13th, 2017 8:22pm
There are many articles and suggestions on how to engage young children in reading. But now that your child is older, how do you engage them NOW? This goes well beyond phonetic or whole language practice. This will help children enjoy, and further understand, WHAT they’re reading.
- Take turns reading a book with your child.
- Ask your child to compare a book to another familiar book. How are the characters the same of different? Do they have similar settings?
- Ask your child if events in the story remind them of their own experiences, things they have seen in the world around them or events from another story.
- Help your child identify the main events of the story.
- Ask what part of the story or book your child liked the best and why.
- Ask if your child liked the ending of the story. Why or why not?
- Ask your child what type of mood the story or book creates. Ask how the author creates the mood. For example, words, events or settings.
- If your child reads more than one book by the same author, ask how the books are similar or different.
- Provide your child with a dictionary and resource books. Encourage them to look up subjects that puzzle or interest them.
- If your child is not enthusiastic about reading, choose books on subjects sure to be interesting to them: sports, riddles, magic tricks, hobbies.
- If your child prefers television rather than reading, see which programs they prefer and provide suitable books on the same subjects.
- If a young person is an avid comic book reader, don’t make a big issue out of it. Make sure your child is also provided with other books that offer lively adventure in an easy-to-read format.
- Set a good example as a reader. Read everyday at home even if it is a magazine or newspaper.
- Make reading fun, a time that you both look forward to spending together.