Reading bedtime stories with your child is rewarding because it helps your child become a better reader.
Those well-loved stories we read with our child are read countless times. Often, these stories are read over and over again at one bedtime reading. But what about a voracious reader who would rather read a book than listen to someone else read it?
A fun and educational answer is to have *them* read their favorite bedtime stories to *you*. Having your child read to you at bedtime allows you to see how well they read. It also lets them showoff their reading abilities, and get some well-earned kudos in return.
Reading with your child gives you a chance to teach your young learner how to improve their reading proficiency. For example, to help your child read words more accurately, you could teach them how to blend or chunk words.
A great resource for teaching young learners how to blend and chunk words is CAFE: Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanded vocabulary.
When listening to your child read at bedtime, you can find out if they comprehend what they are reading by asking questions. A fun way to find out if your child really understands what they are reading is to have them make a prediction about what will happen next.
Another prediction activity is called “Guess the Ending”. After reading the first page, tell your child your prediction on how the story ends and then ask your child for their prediction. It’s a fun, quick way to check on your child’s progress – and a fun game to play!
Whatever you do, time spent reading with your child is time well spent!
CAFE is one of the best sources for teaching young learners how to blend and chunk words. CAFE is also a great resource to use for teaching other reading strategies.