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Everyone can join in the fun sharing books – try these ten top tips…

 

  • Don’t compete with distractions – turn off music, the TV or computer, put your phone on silent etc.
  • Sit close together  when sharing a book and encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages
  • Don’t be afraid to use funny voices – it’s a great way to make your child giggle and see that books are fun.
  • Don’t be afraid to sing either – your child won’t care whether or not you sing in tune or know the words!
  • When you talk to your child about what’s going on in a book, give them plenty of time to respond.
  • Try to ask questions that don’t require just yes or no answers. For example, ask them what they think will happen next or ask about how a character might be feeling
  • Sharing books isn’t  just about the words – point to the pictures and relate them to something your child knows
  • Talking about stories and pictures will improve your child’s skills in speaking and listening, and increases their vocabulary
  • After the story has finished, help your child understand that stories have a sequence by remembering together what happened at the beginning, middle and end
  • Lastly – make it fun! It doesn’t matter how you read with your child, as long as you both enjoy the time together