Reading aloud not only gives you important quality time with your child. It exposes her to ideas, concepts, and vocabulary she might not get otherwise. Each time you read aloud, you add to her storehouse of knowledge and build her reading comprehension skills.
To boost her vocabulary skills as you read, define words your child doesn’t know. Ask whether she can think of words that have a similar or opposite meaning.
See whether she can figure out the meaning of an unknown word by how it’s used in a sentence. Give examples of how the word might be used in another context. For example, note how a stop sign is different from when you sign your name.
As you read, you can also work on other skills:
Listening and speaking skills. After reading a passage, have your child tell you what she heard. Ask specific questions—What did...do? Why...? Where...? How...? What color was...?
Memory. Don’t just start reading where you left off in a book the night before. First ask your child if she remembers where you were in the story.
Word recognition. Stop at points in the story. Ask your child to read a sentence or two to you. Help her sound out new words. Then have her read the sentences again.
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