Help me get ready to read

The Practical Guide For Reading Aloud To Children During Their First Five Years

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I read to my 3-year-old and 5-year-old at the same time?
A: Before you begin to read aloud, tell children  that sharing a book is a fun way to be together. Make sure they are comfortable and can see the pages as you read. Remind them that good read aloud manners means not interrupting when someone else is speaking. While reading aloud, try to direct questions to each child at his/her level of understanding. In that way, children benefit from individual attention. As you read, pause to give them positive parenting praise, such as telling them what a good job they are doing listening!

Q: How do I respond when my 6-year-old feels bad because a younger sibling is already reading?
A: Acknowledge the child’s feelings by telling him/her that sometimes things make us sad. Let the child know that you are happy that he/she is telling you about his/her feelings. Explain that just like learning to talk, walk, and ride a bike, each person does things when he or she is ready. When reading aloud together, be sure to take the time to point out skills your child already has, such as recognizing letter names and sounds, identifying rhyming words, using picture clues to help understand the story, and telling how the story might end.