Did you know that reading is one of the best ways to improve your child's speech and language skills? It's true! Here are some tips on how to read to kids to increase their speech and language skills. You can ( and you should) do this even if your child doesn't haver any speech or language problems!
1. Children learn ore from books when they are read slowly. It will sound very weird to you to read so slowly, but trust me, it will help! if you are really struggling with reading at a slower rate, try using longer pauses between sentences.
2. Has your child ever asked you to read the same book so many times that you thought your head might explode? That's great! Children also learn from books when they are read over and over again. The more times you read it, the more he wil pick up. It's like when you watch a movie for the second time and you pick up things you missed the first time around. That's how it is for children hearing books.
3. Trace your finger under the words when you read. This is a great strategy because it begins to teach children that the words on the page contain the meaning of the story. It also shows them that the text is from left to right and from top to bottom.
4. Ask your kids to point to pictures in the book. Do this as you're reading the book by saying " where's the cat?" or " show me the dog." This will help build your child's vocabulary and knowledge of common objects. It can also help your child keep engaged in the story.
5. Ask your child questions about what's going on in the book. This will increase your child's understanding of what is happening as well as their ability to answer a variety of questions. You can ask yes/no, who, what, where, when, why, which, and how questions.
6. Children are much more likely to enjoy reading if you can find books about their interests. Take your child to a bookstore and let her choose the books that she wants to read. Or, if your child has a less common interest, such as caterpillars, go online and see if you can find books about that topic.
7. Make sure you have a wide variety of books including fiction books ( made up stories), non-fiction books (books that tell facts about a topic), books about different people and books with a lot of pictures This will help your child understand all of these different styles of reading.
8. Do activities that are similar to what is happening in the book. You could act out scenes from the books jor make make something that the characters in the book made. You can also draw pictures of what happened or use play dough to reconstruct a scene. All of these things will help your child's retention of what happened in the book.