Prompt your child with a question about the book such as “Where are they going?” or “What are they doing?”
Evaluate the response your child gives by thinking about the answers. Did they give an accurate response? Was it more than one word?
Expand on what your child said by giving more vocabulary. If your child said that the characters were going to the store, you could tell them there are many types of stores and give examples like grocery or hardware stores to expand their vocabulary. Repeat your child’s response and invite them to say what you said. Your child could say they are going to the grocery store to buy bread.
MAKE IT EASIER:
Focus on asking one type of question. Example: Why do you think that happened?
EXTEND THE LEARNING:
- Thought-provoking questions often ask Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. These types of questions get children thinking beyond the right or wrong answer.
- Try pre-reading the next book you would like to read aloud to your child to see if it helps with dialogic reading.
- Add a twist to reading with your child and take the book outside. Reading outside is fun and families might make a connection between the book and nature.