It’s not unusual for adults to stop reading to children once they are old enough to read for themselves. however, even children in the intermediate grades still like being read to now and then, says Texas instructional specialist Sam Ayers. He suggests that parents continue reading aloud to children on a consistent basis even as they get older and that teachers and librarians can make age-appropriate recommendations to parents who don’t feel comfortable selecting books on their own.
Mr. Ayers has found older children often enjoy reading to younger children. “Parents should provide opportunities for children to read to each other,” he says. “This provides them with oral reading practice and may positively affect their self-esteem. it also provides the listener with a positive role model.”
Researchers at Clark University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education suggest that you do more than just read books to preschoolers. They suggest that you discuss the books and vary the types of books as well.
The researcher recommend asking “what” and “why” questions that encourage the child to think about a character’s behavior and motivation and connect the events in the book with his or her own experience. Ask the child to name colors and label objects. Also vary the types of reading material. For example, one time you may want to read a work of fiction. The next time, read a nursery rhyme or a non-fiction informational book.