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Tips on Reading Aloud to Your Children
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I am 5 years old at that time when my mom says to read aloud so that she can hear from kitchen. This habit of reading aloud helped me in improving my concentration and addiction towards books. Parents must make this as a habit to there child because child learn from their parents. Make them to follow your tone while you are reading the book that will help them to increase interest on books.

Enjoying books together will increase vocabulary, understanding of story structure, exposure to correct grammar that will automatically happens.

Follow some tips to read aloud:

1.If you havent read the book already, scan it to get a sense of its content before you start reading aloud.
2.Choose books you are excited about or your child is excited about. It is hard to read a book you dont enjoy, especially a long one.
3.Read with expression. A monotone is hard to listen to. Children need to hear changes in your voice to indicate when you are reading dialogue. Vary your pace, too. Slow down to build up suspense, and speed up during exciting scenes.
4.Create voices for difference characters if you enjoy it, but it isnt necessary for a good reading. A story can be read effectively in a straightforward manner as long as you have expression and enthusiasm.
5.Read at a moderate pace, not too fast. Listening is a challenge for many children, and you dont want to leave them behind you as you speed ahead. Picture-story books require time for enjoying the illustrations.

6.Feel free to stop and discuss the book if you and your listener want to. Answer questions as they come up. How much you want to stop and explain new words is up to you. If they can be understood in context, you may want just to keep reading. Stopping too often to explain can undermine the storys impact.
7.Keep in mind that children can look bored or restless and still be listening. Some children need to be moving around or fidgeting with something. The real question is, are they following the story? If so, let them squirm or even draw pictures as they listen.
8.Sometimes a book will lead to conversations afterward, sometimes not. Play it by ear. Either way is fine.
9.If your child wants to read to you sometimes, great. Beginning readers especially enjoy their new skills. You can trade off pages or chapters, or just sit back and listen.
10.If your child is not enjoying a book, you are not obliged to finish it. This is most likely to come up with chapter books. You dont want to abandon a book quickly, but if a book has not sparked interest after several sessions, try another one. If this is a pattern, you may want to switch to shorter books and build up to longer ones.
11.Try reading just a few poems together at a time. Start with light verse if you are uncomfortable with poetry. You may be surprised as how much fun you and your child can have with poems.