Once you’ve finished your read-aloud time for the day, there are ways you can boost your child’s reading skills even more. Here are some tips on what to do after you’ve closed the cover of the book.
Ask your child:
To tell you the story in his own words.
To describe what he would do if he were in the story. In Tom Sawyer, would he want to be Tom or Huck? What would he do in Crispin’s place in the Newbery Award winning book Crispin, The Cross of Lead?
To make connections to his own life. Has he ever felt like one of the characters in the book he’s reading?
To think about different points of view. How would Little Red Riding Hood be different if it were told from the wolf’s side?
To explain what he liked and what he didn’t like, and why. You might even challenge him to write a review of a book.
To talk about lessons he has learned from the book. For example, what did he learn about managing his temper from the story of Daren McCall in Center Court Sting?
To find locations where books were set. Get out maps or a globe. Find the countries or cities mentioned in favorite books.
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