The Power of Shared Reading
A: Shared reading is an interactive reading experience that happens when the children join in or read together while guided by an experienced reader. It is crucial for your child’s cognitive, language and social development.
A: The main difference between shared reading and a read aloud is that during a read aloud, you are reading TO the child; and during shared reading, you are reading WITH the child.
A: Reading is an easy and relaxing way to bond with your child. Reading with your child from a very young age will set the stage for early learning and skills development that your child will benefit throughout their life.
A: Shared reading can start as young as the first year of a child’s life. Make reading part of their daily routine and a special moment between you and your child.
A: Definitely! Children learn best through repetition. Re-reading a book helps children to become familiar with a wide range of words and everyday concepts.
- Interactive flip flap books
- Books with sound effects
- Picture story books
- Books with repetitive and predictable text
- Nursery Rhymes
- 100 words books
A: You can add different sound effects, props and sounds to make storytelling more interactive and engaging.
A: This is very common and it is okay if your child prefers a certain page or scene. It is likely what your child is most interested in and would like to spend more time on it. Allow your child to stay on it as long as possible and use it as a way to discuss what’s happening.
- Encourage your child to explore through ‘mouthing’. Make sure to choose books that are sturdy and easy to clean.
- Ask your child to turn the pages and point out different objects.
- Respond to your child’s cooing.
- Use finger puppets. Pair books with finger puppets to support understanding and interaction. It is also a great way to sustain their interest and attention span.
- Add sound effects. Read in an animated and excited tone to make the story come alive. Include playful sounds such as animal sounds and environmental sounds to encourage imitation.
- Encourage your child to clap, tap or sing along to rhyming books.