Monday, May 4, 2009

Pause When Reading

When you read aloud to little children they want the same book daily and while this is extremely boring for the adult the child is picking up language, cadence and vocabulary. Each time you read it they comprehend the vocabulary a little better. I have found that a good reading tip is to pause while reading because often you will find that your child can fill in the next words. This allows them build their vocabulary and memorization skills. Sometimes you need to let them “read” to you. The best books to use this tactic with are ones that repeat phrases. I recommend The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle as one to use for experimenting with this tactic. It repeats the phrase “she had a very busy day” on each page. My 2 year old children began interrupting me to say the words. Any book that repeats phrases or rhymes is good for this activity.

Other books are:
Drummer Hoff by Ed Emberley
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont, Illustrated by David Katz
The Napping House by Don and Audry Woods
There used to be Nightmare in my Closet by Mercer Mayer
Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney

1 comment:

  1. Pausing does help, thank you for this informative article.