Asking Questions to Support Reading

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Tips & Facts

  • When reading together, ask questions to spark conversations. Ask your child if they would do the same thing as the main character in the book, or how they might react to the situation described. You may even learn something new about your child.

  • Encourage critical thinking. If your child has a question about the text, resist the urge to answer right away. Ask your child what they think the answer might be, and help lead them towards it. With a little support, you’ll be amazed at the connections they make, and they will be, too!

  • Reading books is not just for bedtime! Read with your child as much as possible throughout the day.

  • Mix it up! Let the kids take the lead in choosing reading material. They may sometimes want to read a fairy tale, comic strip, a biography, a newspaper, or even a cereal box. Encourage them to read things they are interested in to help foster a lifelong love of reading.

  • Read and discuss books with your children in whatever language you are most comfortable.