Tips to make reading aloud more fun

When reading aloud to a child, you can do a few things to make the experience more enjoyable and engaging. Here are a few tips to make reading time fun.

5 Tips to Enhance Vocabulary Acquisition During Read-Alouds

  1. Insert a short phrase or sentence that defines or explains the word. Ex: Feast, that’s a really big dinner
  1. Point to important parts of the illustration to help clarify the word or meaning as you read the word
  1. Use dramatic gestures like shrugging your shoulders to demonstrate the meaning of shrugged
  1. Change your voice to mimic the character like a sly fox.  This will be amusing to children, but also reinforce what a sly person may sound like
  1. Vary the pacing when reading words or phrases to demonstrate the rushing of a character to a party or the sluggish movement of a snail

Adapted from:  McGee, L. & Schickedanz, J. (2007). Repeated Interactive Read-alouds in Preschool and Kindergarten. International Reading Association. The Reading TeacherVol.60, No.8.