Many people often make the mistake of reading in the same voice as they speak in.
This may seem a little monotonous and could lead to your grandchild becoming bored.
Instead, use these 5 tips and make story time more exciting and interesting.
1. Read with different voices
Change your voice with each character. To add some fun why not choose a sharp, squeaky voice for a big gruff character? You could also choose a posh voice for something small and ordinary like an ant or snail.
2. Take it in turn to read a page each
Children often become overwhelmed when they have to read long chapter books.
Take the load off and share the reading with them. You could share a page or a paragraph each.
The most important thing is they are reading and engaging with you and books.
3. Discuss what’s happening in the story
We all want to find out what happens in the end, but it’s a fun learning task to stop and talk about what’s happening.
It will also give you a good idea if your grandchild has understood what they have read.
It’s sort of like doing comprehension, but the child is not required to write the answers down.
4. Stop at the end of a chapter and guess what might happen next
This is another fun way to build up the excitement and have fun with the characters.
5. Create an activity based on what you have read together
After you’ve read a chapter, create an activity based on what you’ve read.
It might be preparing a meal that was in the story or going out to look at trees.
It doesn’t have to be anything complicated, but by creating activiites and linking them to the story you are reading you are helping to build contextual relationships b etween fictional characters and your grandchild’s life.