“Come and discover the Do’s and Don’ts of Read-Alouds gleaned from “The Read-Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease.
Begin reading to children as soon as possible. The younger you start them, the easier it is.
Choose books for infants and toddlers that include rhymes, songs, and repetition to stimulate language and listening.
Read as often as you and the child have time for.
Start with pictures books with only a few words on the page then gradually move on to books with more and more text and fewer pictures.
Before you begin to read, always say the name of the book and introduce the author and illustrator, no matter how many times you have read the book.
The first time you read the book, discuss the illustrations on the cover of the book and ask the child(ren) what they think the book will be about.
Occasionally, read above children’s intellectual levels and challenge their minds.
Allow your listeners a few minutes to settle down and adjust their minds and bodies to the story.
Mood is an important factor in listening. The authoratative, “Now stop that and settle down! Sit up stratight! Pay attention!” doesn’t create a receptive atmosphere…”