Reading a bedtime story for kids can be a fantastic way to bond with them. Listed below are our top ten tips for making this time a special and memorable occasion:
- Find a comfortable place to create a special feeling at reading time.
- Allow your children a few minutes to settle down to get ready to hear the story. This gives them anticipation for something special!
- Show the cover and ask your children what they think the title might be and what the story will be about.
- Use plenty of expression, change your tone of voice, and adjust your reading pace to fit the story.
- Ask questions such as, “what do you think will happen next?”
- Laugh with your child and encourage them to turn the pages and to ask questions.
- Stop periodically to give children time to think about the reading. Ask them to describe their favorite part and why it was their favorite.
- Help children make connections between the events in the story and their own lives.
- After reading kids bedtime stories, it is important to talk about the story. Discussing the pictures and the main ideas in a book helps develop understanding, while building your child’s memory.
- Make reading a routine by setting aside a special time every day.
Kid’s bedtime stories can come alive when you laugh and involve your child with the art, the characters and the story. When you make reading fun – an event – you are not only bonding with your child, but also teaching them a lifetime skill. As Dr. Seuss once said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.”