Thursday, April 16, 2015

Asking the right questions?

Since our Little Free Library Grand Opening is this Saturday (event details HERE), I thought it would be fitting to share some tips for reading aloud to your child.

Reading aloud is one of the most important things you can do with your child!  We've all heard about the benefits.  We've all seen and read the list of ‘must have’ read alouds.  And we all know it should be done daily.  

But did you know that there are skill building questions you should be asking your child during this one on one time?

I’m writing today to share with you that the questions you ask your child while reading aloud should require them to:
  • recall details
  • make inferences
  • check predictions and support them with evidence
  • discuss problems and solutions
  • identify settings
  • describe characters
  • make personal connections (text-to-self connections)
  • make connections to other books (text-to-text connections)
  • state opinions
  • discuss questions or confusions
  • retell the events in a story
  • sequence
  • visualize
  • summarize
  • determine the main idea

So the next time you find yourself asking questions during story time, remember this list and make it a skill building question!

Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, M.Ed Preschool Reading Specialist & Owner, Preschool Readers
P.S. Did I mention just how amazing Little Free Libraries are?  No due dates on borrowed books.  Borrow a book at one free library and return it at a different  free library.  Love the book you borrowed?  Keep it, just be sure to drop off another book in its place!  We’d love to see you Saturday!  Let us know you’re coming by clicking HERE!

(A special little someone LOVES being read aloud to at the library)

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