Asking questions while reading to your child is a great way to catch and keep your child’s interest. It also helps your child understand what the book or story is about.
Reading for understanding starts early. Begin reading to your newborn within a few days of welcoming him home. While your child is a baby, ask questions such as, “Do you see the dog?” while pointing at the picture of the dog. Along with teaching new words, this will also encourage him to interact with you and the book during the story. As your baby grows, ask him to point to things in the book and make the noises of the different animals he sees.
When your child is 2 or 3 years of age, you can begin asking questions before, during, and after reading a book. Show your child the cover of the book and ask what he thinks the story is going to be about. Use open-ended questions such as “why” or “how”. As you read the story, stop periodically and ask questions such as:
- What he thinks is going to happen next
- Why a character may have done something
- What emotion the character is feeling. Has your child ever felt that way?
At the end of the book, ask your child if his predictions came true. Ask him to tell you what he remembered happening in the book.
Asking questions is a great way to promote and increase your child’s reading comprehension!