Read Aloud Tips for Preschoolers
Introduce the book
- Read the Title
- Author & Illustrator
- Look at the Cover
- Talk about what the book might be about
- Suggest things to look and listen for
Run your finger under the text; pause at the end of sentences
Answer questions related to the book; save other questions for later
Talk about the story during and after the read-aloud session
Use information and reference books to answer children’s questions
Ask children to look closely at the pictures to help them understand the story and make predictions about what might happen next
Repeat interesting words and rhymes while reading a book and at a later time
Pause and wait so children can say the word that ends a repetitive or predictable phrase
- What might happen next?
- Where did he go?
- Why did she do that?
Follow up on the story, invite children to…
- Talk about the book
- Draw pictures about the book
- Paint pictures similar to the book
- Pretend to be a character from the book