summaryForm a partnership with your beginning reader by setting aside fifteen or twenty minutes a day to read with rather than to the child. (Thats what makes you a partner rather than story reader.)
- The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers.
- Ideas for Every Season, Reading
Here are a couple of techniques that reading partners can try together: Reading Echo. First you read a line, then the child reads the line back to you. This technique encourages children to read with expression and without hesitation. Buddy System. You read a sentence, paragraph, or page, then the child reads the next sentence, paragraph, or page. Move from picture books with minimal text to books with short chapters, like the Little Bear series, the Frog and Toad series, or books by Beverly Cleary. You read one chapter, the child reads the next. Keep a homemade bookmark in the page where you leave off.