Friday, June 30, 2017

Reading with Preschoolers - Tips to make reading more fun!

by Lauren Barnett, MA, CCC-SLP

Mom and Son having fun together reading a popular children's book

Do you love to read with your preschooler or does it get a little boring to read the same books over and over and over and over?

I go back and forth between super excited about a book and totally bored with it. But, I have found a few ways to make it more exciting that I would love to share with you!

But before we go there I want to tell you about the reading series I'm about to start with Little W.

preschooler with popular children's books having fun!

I will be starting a series called Parents and Preschooler READ! It's all about reading popular children's books together and things that you can do while you read and after you read the story!

But why read with your preschooler?

Reading books opens new worlds for children, but if reading is boring then those worlds stay closed. Reading to your child is the best way to expand vocabulary, expose them to grammar we don't typically use in our every day speech and give them fuel for their imaginations!

But my favorite part about reading together with my children is the bond that we form while we spend those quite (and sometimes not so quiet!) moments together, just us...and a book!

Ok, on to the tips! If you have any ideas that have worked with your own kiddos, feel free to share in the comments below!!

How to make reading more fun!

  • use more inflection and expression while you are reading (you can even make slightly different voices for the characters!)
  • have your child repeat some of the lines from the story with you
  • get books from the library so you have more variety (plus its a super fun field trip!)
  • try not to read when your child is super tired. Before bed is good, but cranky-tired won't work!
  • point to pictures on the pages to stay engaged, have your child point to pictures too!
  • Make it more than just a story... do an activity, too! (great news! That's what I'll be providing over the next few weeks!!)

I'm looking forward to sharing some fun, easy activities that you can do at home with your child. These activities will be geared towards 3 -6 year olds, but my daughter who is currently 7 enjoys many of these same activities! They could be modified slightly for even younger kiddos if you'd like!

Make sure you sign up so these new activities go right to your email inbox!

Want some ideas right now? Check out my Read with Me! Series which is great for toddlers and preschoolers or you can check out my Seussy Summer Series which is geared for older preschoolers and early elementary school aged kiddos!

Read with you soon!

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