The Benefits of Shared Reading
This month, we’re excited to partner with Nicola’s Books to help them celebrate The Genius of Play! You can find us at Nicola’s for two special edition story times on 9/4 and 9/18, where we’ll be reading great books while we model shared reading skills.
There is a lot more to sharing a book with your child than the words on the page! Books can be used to help your child develop many different skills, including literacy, vocabulary, social skills, joint attention, receptive language (comprehension of spoken language), and expressive language (the ability to express ideas using a variety of grammatical structures). Snuggling up with a book is also a great opportunity to spend quality time together.
Here are a few quick tips to use at home while you read with your little ones:
When your child answers, ask a follow-up question, or add your own comment to what they said. See if you can keep the conversation going for five turns (you - child - you - child - you)! This helps your child to develop their comprehension and abstract language skills like inferencing, predicting, and connecting the content of books to the real world and their lives.
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