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The Best Way to Read a Story
Type: Reading   Skills: Critical ThinkingLanguage & Literacy
Reading is one of the best activities you can do with a child. As simple as it seems, however, there are specific techniques that will help you keep your child interested and attentive during story time. The Best Way to Read a Story
What We Learn
Respect for reading and books
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Children's Books. Here are some of our favorites:

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear” by Bill Martin, Jr.
“The Old Woman Who Swallowed the Fly” by Stephen Kellog
“The Icky Sticky Frog” by Dawn Bentley, Salina Yoon
“If You Take a Mouse to School” by Laura Numeroff
“The Cat in The Hat Comes Back” by Dr. Seuss
“Babies, Babies Everywhere” by Susan Meyers
Pre-read the story to develop read-aloud strategies: Make sure you’re familiar with the book before you read it to the kids. How can you make it dramatic when you haven’t even read it?

Set the mood: Incorporate props to set the mood. Put out pillows if you’re reading a story about the forest. Or take a walk down to a park and read below a tree.

Create a transition to story time: How do you get the kids to know it’s time to come for story time? Some people use a bell, others sing a song, what’s your way?

Use read aloud strategies: Hold the book so the kids can see it. Don’t have the back of the book to them. If the kids can’t see it, they won’t pay attention to you. Make sure you read the title of the book, the author and the illustrator. In that way you’re modeling appropriate book etiquette and showing kids respect for reading.

If you see the group isn’t responding, grab another book. Learn how to read the “cues” from the children. If you see they’re looking around, make it more dramatic. If they’re getting out of hand, figure a way to draw them back in. Act a little.

Pick classics because all the kids know them: If you are reading a classic, the older kids will finish the sentences and the little kids will mimic them.
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