Seven Tips for Reading Aloud

  • 1. Everybody makes mistakes. If you make mistakes when reading aloud, your child will learn that it's okay for him to do so, too.

    2. Practice makes perfect. Find a book that you like and read it aloud by yourself until you feel comfortable.

    3. Involve your child in the story. Have him turn the pages. Or, read one line and have him read the next.

    4. Take your time and don’t rush the story. Your child can tell if you’re in a hurry. Reading slowly will help you read clearly.

    5. As you feel more comfortable, try changing your voice to show the characters’ feelings—joy, sadness, fear. These variations can make the story more exciting for both of you!

    6. Remember that you are helping your child learn to enjoy reading. Try different types of reading materials, such as comic strips and poetry.

    7. Above all, try to relax and enjoy the time you’re spending with your youngster.

    (Reading Connection – Tips for Reading Success 2004 Resources for Educators)