How to read to young Useful Websites

Five Finger Rule
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Check out the big books section where you will
find book reviews and links to the Amazon
website for purchasing.
Read any page of your new book. If there are
more than five new words, choose another.
Encourage reading at home:
Establish a regular story reading routine.
The most comprehensive online list of authors,
illustrators and publishers of children‘s books.
How to read
to young
children at home
A company offering commercially produced
Storysacks for sale, as well as tips on how to use
the sacks.
Have lots of books, magazines, newspapers
around the home to create a ‘print rich’
Use resources to enhance reading and
keep the child‘s attention, for example:
props, puppets, musical instruments,
published story sacks or big books.
Recite rhymes, poems and songs—then
show them to the child in print.
Visit the library to find exciting children‘s
books that you can borrow and take home to
read to your child.
What to read? –
A variety of literacy resources from pre-school
to grade six.
Eleven short videos give parents tips about how
best to support their children as they develop
into strong readers.
The desire to read is not born in a
child. It is planted by parents and
teachers (Treleese, 2001).
Fíodhna Gardiner-Hyland ©
Why Read to
Read Aloud Tips
Read Aloud Tips
Young Children?
Reading to your child or your young relatives
is a most valuable thing to do. Why?
It gives children experience of hearing
different types of language, rhythms and
Research shows that pre-school children
who are exposed to books tend to do
better at school
It instills a love of reading at an early age
It is a wonderful way to bond with young
It is very calming for the child
But what if I am not good at
Reading Aloud?
You really don't have to be an expert. Read
very slowly - children respond better when they
can hear each read clearly.
You can also:
Familiarize yourself with the storyline and
main characters
Practice reading a story aloud with
intonation, before reading it to a child
Learning begins at birth, start reading to
your child at an early age!
Before Reading:
Read in a comfortable, relaxed place away from
other distractions. What children need most is a
feeling of comfort about books and reading.
Set aside special times each day to read to a
child, such as naptime, bedtime, or after meals.
Introduce the book – set the scene, show the
book cover, illustrations, ask questions about the
title and author.
Encourage the child to predict what will happen
in the story.
Introduce a few key words from the story.
While Reading:
Share the reading by allowing the child to touch
the book, point to the words and pictures, turn
the pages and join in the reading itself.
Reread favorite stories as often as the child
wants to hear them. Children are comforted and
learn best from repetition.
Post Reading:
Discuss the story with the child by asking
questions and encouraging answers.
Help your child link the story with their own
experiences or other books.
Act out/dress up as one of the characters.
Illustrate favourite scene.
Compose a different beginning/ending.
Read with expression and enthusiasm. Vary
your voice—use pitch: reading in a monotone, high
pitched, low pitched and use gestures where
appropriate. Read slowly, pausing for effect.
Play word games e.g. I spy with my little eye;
how many words can you think of that sound like
the word ‗bat‘?; complete the sentence from the
story; true or false cards, word bingo.
Point to each word as you read and ask the child
questions about the story, for example, ―what do
you think will happen next?‖
Model all kinds of reading with the child. Let
them see you read the newspaper, recipes, signs
etc. Comment on what you are reading so that
they see that reading has many purposes.
Choose books that interest the child and relate
to their world. Put the child in the story.