Chae Strathie’s Tips for Reading with Your Child
Chae Strathie gives us his four top tips for sharing stories with your child, filmed on location in Brighton as part of the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour.
1. Look through the book first before you read it with your child
If you are already familiar with the story you will know what to expect when reading with your child. You will know what the tone and the pace is going to be throughout the book and whether there are any surprises coming up!
2. Vary the tone and speed of your voice
Reading with expression in your voice makes the story much more interesting and engaging to listen to. The pace and tone of your voice can reflect what is happening in the book and increase your child’s understanding of the story.
3. Include your child
Rhymes, repetition and funny words are great to say aloud together and will build your child’s vocabulary. Discuss what is happening in the book, point out things on the page and ask your child what they think will happen next.
4. Be silly!
Don’t be embarrassed to put on a funny voice. Think about how the characters might look and sound and let your imagination run wild!