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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Interactive Reading Good For Kids



The few times I have read to children, I have made a conscious effort to be deliberate in my interaction with the kids I was reading to. I made sure I talked to the kids about what was happening in the story every few pages, or asked questions that would prompt them to re-tell what I read in their own words, or simply ask them what they think is going to happen next. I picked up on the fact that many of the kids in my neighborhood who I would visit or spend time with would ask me to read, not because they wanted to hear the same story read to them for the 20th time, but I think they just wanted the undivided attention away from the "grown folks" where the focus was on them. Just when I thought that I was so brilliantly insightful in the child's psyche, I saw a group of kids reading at the Allied Wellness Center open house last weekend, and would you believe that the kids you see in the picture reading was on to the same conclusions? She was totally asking the other kids what they thought was happening and why the story was going this way or that way ... I guess I really am slow. At least when it comes to children!

3 comments:

Costa Rica Real Estate Jack said...

That was a brilliant idea. I think interaction with the kids while reading is one of the bests way to determine if the child is growing mentally and intellectually.

Vibes63 said...

I think that that more you engage kids the more they develop an interest in reading. I have noticed that kids react to emotion and the more effort you put into depicting stories they more they absorb.....

Fiona said...

Interactive Reading is good for stimulating how kid's are thinking & feeling. My 2 year old toddler even started to tell his own version of a story, although he seem to mumble his words but he's so serious doing it. I'm so proud of him.

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