• Philip Henriksson

Fabulinus Teacher: Tips for reading aloud with your child!

Getting the most out of your moment with your children or students is more than just reading. It is about being engaged. Here are some practical tips on how to read aloud with your loved ones and to help them become independent readers:

Look at the pictures and guess!

An important part of reading comprehension is to predict what the text is about before reading. Look at pictures, read the title, and try guessing together and imagine what the text is about. When it comes to texts about facts, it's about basing the predictions on the child's own knowledge and experience.

Talk about what you’re reading, and explain uncertainties!

When reading, it is important to create mental pictures of what is being read. Talking about these mental pictures helps your child to become conscious of them. Share your own experiences and fill in where your child doesn't follow to make these images more vivid.

It also helps to clarify uncertainties, new words, and expressions. A good text should have some hard words, which is perfect for your child to add to their vocabulary. Take the opportunity also to teach them what to do when they encounter a difficult word:

1. Think of what the word could mean and its origin

2. What kind of word is it? Is it a thing - a noun; does it describe something - an adjective; is it something that you do - a verb?

3. Look it up or ask what it means

Ask questions!

Asking questions both during and after reading is important. There are three types of questions to ask when reading a text:

1. Questions where you find the answer directly in the §text in a specific sentence.

2. Questions where the answer is “between the lines.” (You need to draw your own conclusions along with what is in the text to find the answers.)

3. And finally, questions where you find the answer “beyond the lines”. (Use your experience and knowledge and link them to the text to find the answers.)

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