Cradle Hill Community Primary School

Advice on how to read a story to your child

If  you can  find the time  beforehand,  read the  read-aloud  book  to yourself  first,  so you can think  about  how  you’re going  to read it  to your  child.   

On the  first  reading:

•  Make reading aloud feel  like a treat.  Make it  a special  quiet  time and cuddle up so you can both see the book.   

•  Show curiosity  about  what  you’re  going to read:  ‘This  book  looks  interesting. It’s  about  an angry  child.  I  wonder  how  angry  he gets…’

•  Read through the whole story  the  first  time without  stopping too much.  Let  the story  weave its  own magic.

•  Read with enjoyment.  If  you’re not  enjoying  it,  your  child won’t. Read favourite stories  over  and over  again.   

On later  readings:

•  Let your  child pause,  think  about  and comment  on the  pictures.

•  If  you  think  your  child did not  understand something,  try  to explain:  ‘Oh!  I  think what’s  happening here is  that…’

•  Chat about  the story  and pictures:  ‘I  wonder  why  she did that?’;  ‘Oh no,  I  hope she’s  not  going to…’;  ‘I  wouldn’t  have done that,  would you?’

•  Link  the stories  to your  own family  experiences:  ‘This  reminds  me  of  when …’

•  Link  stories  to others  that  your  child knows:  ‘Ah!  Do you remember  the dragon in ….? Do you remember  what  happened to him?’

•  Encourage  your  child to join in with the bits  they  know. 

•  Avoid  asking questions  to  test  what  your  child remembers.

•  Avoid  telling children that  reading  stories  is  good for  them.   

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