A good story is able to lead your child to venture through forests full of wild animals, meet amazing people and places or identify with the curious and taken bunny for whom it is often difficult to obey the mother. Whatever the story, reading aloud stimulates the creativity and imagination of the little ones, who put themselves in the place of a character end up also exercising the extraordinary ability of empathy.
For children who are learning to speak, books with illustrations play a key role in allowing important verbal interactions during and after reading. Through the visual resources contained in the books, parents can name objects and characters to children, for example; As well as describe the scenes, the scenarios and the characters and their expressions.
In fact, who does not like to admire beautiful illustrations? However , it is foolish who thinks that child just likes picture book. If you practice reading aloud for some time with your children, you may have noticed how they spend more time listening to shared reading than when you read your first book together. If before the children got bored quickly, today they complain when a story ends or they ask for the book to be read again.
If this happens to you, it may be time to introduce your child to books with longer stories, more characters, more complex narratives, and few illustrations – or none at all – such as The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi, or The Yellow Picapau, by Monteiro Lobato.
How about trying? Be prepared because children may want you to read for hours, chapter after chapter, eager to find out what the end of the story will be!
Here are a few tips that can help you get on the new path, making your child’s heart snap once and for all.
1. Select carefully . Before beginning the session of reading a longer book, it is important to do a previous reading of the story. Make sure the content of the work is appropriate to the child’s age. You may find it convenient to “skip” one or another passage that may confuse or disturb children, or that sparks discussions that you would rather leave for later.
2. Let your child choose . During your research on the books that are most appropriate, separate at least two titles. Make a brief presentation about each book and then let your child choose one. If after reading a few chapters you feel that the story is not pleasing, do not feel bad about it. Keep the book on the shelf for another time and choose a new book.
3. Give some guidance before reading . Talk to your child about the differences that the book you are about to read has in relation to picture books and shorter stories with which he is accustomed. Open the book, show that there are few illustrations. Explain that since this is a long story, you will read only one chapter (or more, according to the combo) per day. This information is important so the little ones do not expect to read the book all at once, nor do they expect illustrations on every page. In that sense, reading a longer book will also work the patience of the children who will need to wait the next day to listen to the next chapter.
Orient so that they pay close attention to reading, since there will be no help from the visual resource to facilitate understanding. Take some breaks in the middle of reading. In the first few times, make sure they are following the reading, making occasional brief questions about the story. As it is a longer story, it is important that the little ones do not lose the “thread of the skein”. If they lose, it is up to you as a mediator to get them to take you back.
4. Work the imagination . While reading your child may ask what color is the protagonist’s clothing or how it looks. At this point, ask questions: “What color do you think it is? Do you think the protagonist looks like who? “These questions will stimulate children’s creativity and imagination so that they give a particular touch to the story and are not limited to the images in the picture book.
Throughout the day, ask questions about the story so that the children keep the narrative elements in memory until the next reading session. “What did you like the most? How do you imagine the landscapes? How is the protagonist’s house, does it look like ours? ” Encourage them to go further by asking what they think will happen in the next chapter.
Reading a longer book can be a great time to show your child one of the books that marked his childhood and which is still a classic. In addition, it is a way to engage the whole family in an enriching and engaging activity that is to read a good story for hours on end. Also try putting one of these 24 tips into practice during or after reading .
One great advantage of reading a book with few illustrations is that, in the absence of visual appeal, the child will have to stick to the descriptions and narratives and build up, from there, their own images in the mind. It’s a lot of effort! It requires attention, memory and imagination.
And then? How about proposing this challenge to your son?