The story needs to be read at different speeds depending on the content. Sometimes a book needs to be read slowly or very fast! Pay attention to the punctuation and word placement on the page especially for picture books.
If you are reading to a class it is usually a good practice to read the book to yourself first. Don’t just grab one off the shelf.
A cold read can be valuable to have some teachable moments when you encounter unknown words, misread sentences and then teach the students how to deal with it.
Children are never too old, or to young, to read aloud to.
You can always come back to a book. There are many reasons to read. The brain loves pattern and many children enjoy hearing the same story over and over and over…even though we don’t always like to read that many times!
Find spaces to read where you are less likely to be distracted.
Having a set read aloud time establishes a pattern.
Books can go with you anywhere – especially if you are reading to your children you can read in the car while waiting, or in line.
Choice is important! Let your child, or the class, choose what to read. Modeling the choice will help when you want them to choose books to read independently.