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How do all of you read to your children? While I have a lot of age appropriate books for my daughter, she is 4, I also try and read books to her that may be for slightly older children. I do not read and explain..I just go on reading and let her imagine what the context may be...



My son is 15 months.. i started reading him after his first birthday. I would read out loud n in animated voice n faces..its gud to give a space for her imagination but sometimes if you explain then she will enjoy as well as understand properly..

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Kuhoo Gupta Sulbha Bathwal

Hi Priya Iyer! At the age of 4 a child must be able to comprehend their age appropriate books when read out to. However, there may be some cultural differences in books that an Indian child may not relate, if it is a foreign author, in such circumstances you could explain. I have always preferred reading out at a stretch using different voices for characters and a lilt. We discuss the book later. Hope this helps :)

hi priya - so i m more or less like Gayatri Rao :)) i do different voices for different characters. as she grew up i wud ask her to read the parts of some characters and i wud do the others. or page by page. we talk about these characters later on as we what i cal "get involved with the book and characters". as an adult i do that as well :)

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Thanks for the tag Asha! priya ..i love reading to my child...i enjoy imagining that we are inside the story and living each moment. Children are so easy to read to coz they are so eager and easy to please. Any age ...any story...enjoy the words ...the concept..have fun with it..use cool and wacky voices for different characters..be expressive.make faces..be the character..just enjoy!!! happy reading

My twins are 3years and I started reading to them from the time they turned 8months as me and my husband are not readers..
I read the story and translate it into our mother tongue as and when required and make faces, expressions so that they grasp it easily..
If we are reading something during day time we even do art and craft related to it...
Thank you so much Rhituparna Mitra for the tag

Like while reading this famous book the monkey puzzle by Julia Donaldson we used this emotions prompts to learn about different expressions and emotions

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Sulbha Bathwali loved your idea of emotion prompts... copying that!!!👍👍

I animate my voice a lot
translate into mother tongue
put my finger on the text too
relate to daily instances of applicable

Dear Priya, You have some great suggestions here so I will not repeat those, but I will say make reading an engaging, lively and fun process for your daughter. Talk a lot through out, commenting on emotions, events, new words and concepts etc and ask questions or have discussions as you move along. This will make reading fun and engaging for your daughter, both of which are needed to encourage her to become a lifelong reader! Hope this helps.


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