When reading with your preschooler, choose books that provide opportunities for discussions between you and your child. Pretend and predict parts of the story. At this age, children are able to sit and listen to longer stories.
Your preschooler is still building vocabulary and communication skills. Allow them to ask questions as well as answer your questions. It is a great time to connect parts of the story to things happening in your child's life.
Ask your preschooler questions to demonstrate they understand the story. Who are the characters? Which one are you like the most? Where did the story take place? Did you know that is called the setting? What is taking place on this page? Would you do what the mouse did? Why not?
Young school-age children will benefit from reading activities that emphasize the three primary subareas of reading: accuracy (reading without making mistakes), fluency (reading with speed, accuracy, and proper expression), and comprehension.
By third grade, most children are reading by themselves. It is important to continue reading aloud together to further develop essential skills with more challenging reading material. Plus it is a positive, rewarding experience.
When you read aloud, you can read books at the child’s listening level, which is higher than his or her reading level. This provides the opportunity to expand a child’s vocabulary. The wonderful, unique words found in children’s literature are often words we do not use in everyday conversations. A large vocabulary will improve comprehension as the child reads more sophisticated books.