Reading Tip #41: Quizzing vs. Observing
Why is it important to stop asking our kids pointless questions as we read? Because we want to teach them to think for themselves, & not worry about paying attention just to get the answers right. So instead of saying: "how do you think Cinderella felt when her sisters left for the ball?" You could say, "Hmmm....I'm noticing Cinderella's face in this picture. What emotion do you think she's feeling? She looks sad to me."
Then you're teaching your child the pattern for critical thinking skills & comprehension later on, down the road.
Reading Tip #40: Reread books with your children; it may feel exhausting or annoying at points (to read a book 3-4 times in a row!) but make a game of it! Or try to notice something different in the illustrations or certain words used in the book. Rereading & repetition are crucial for creating a sense of familiarity & all littles need that as they start to learn to read themselves!
I'm Katie Storey. I'm a former elementary school teacher (4th grade was the grade I primarily taught) & I love reading!