By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
This winter feels like it is dragging on and with all of the snow we have been getting my family and I have had to spend a lot of time inside! One thing my daughter and I enjoy doing more of when we are stuck inside is reading. Here are some hints and tips for making the time you spend reading with your child more meaningful.
Choose books together with your child
Read about a variety of topics
Talk about the title and look at the cover
Predict what the story is going to be about
Choose books your child has some background knowledge for and talk about it before reading
Label the pictures and encourage your child to say these words
Use describing words to talk about the pictures you see (big/little, shiny, etc..)
Ask your child to point to pictures throughout the book (“point to the doggy”)
Introduce new vocabulary words and provide simple definitions (“A bulldozer! That’s a big machine that pushes dirt!”)
Ask a variety of wh- questions (“Where is the doggy? Who is in the tree?”) If your child can’t answer verbally, encourage your child to point to the answer and you say the answer for your child to hear
Pause to allow your child to fill in words that he/she may know
Ask your child to recall information from the story
Retell the story with your child in your own words
Look back through the pictures and encourage your child to retell the story in his/her own words
Talk about your child’s favorite parts
Read books with similar themes and talk about how they are alike and different
Don’t be afraid to read books over and over again! Repetition is key to learning.
I hope these tips help you expand upon the time you spend reading with your child and help get you through this long, cold winter!
If you would like a PDF handout version of this information, please visit my website: www.goldenspeechtherapy.com
If you are concerned about your child’s language development call Golden Speech Therapy and schedule a free screening!
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