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Read the book aloud

Reading a book aloud is reading with emotion and aloud a book or text. Reading that then fascinates children with the book. Reading aloud has many advantages and benefits, some of which I will mention briefly.
1- Stimulating the love of books and reading in children
2- Strengthening the emotional relationship between the child and the parents or between the students and the teacher
3- Expanding the vocabulary
4- Increasing comprehension
5. Encourage children to think

Reading aloud is divided into three stages: before reading aloud, during reading aloud, and after reading aloud.

In the first part, before reading aloud, you should read the book to yourself and think about what activities you can do with that particular book, that is, what you can do to make the child eager and interested in listening the story. Give an example of a book and ask him: What do you think this book is about? And what happens in it? Or briefly define the story and pause right at the point of excitement of the story and say: If you want to know what happens next, let’s read the book together.

The second part is when reading aloud. At this stage, how you sit is very important, that is, you should sit so that both you and your child or students can easily see the pages of the book. If you are reading a book to only one child, it is better to hug him. Take it to strengthen your emotional connection. After holding the book, point to the pictures on the cover or the first pages of the book and ask the children: What do you think this is about? When reading the book, it is better to point to the texts with the finger to the words to acquaint the preschool children. You should, read the story slowly and let the children see the pictures carefully because the picture plays an important role in understanding the concepts of the story. Ask those questions about the pictures to get their attention. Before reading each page, encourage the children to guess about the next events of the book, as this will strengthen their reasoning power. Be sure to change the mood, tone and voice of the different characters in the story and change the book with a mood and Do not sing the tune.

And the last step is the post-reading stage. The first thing you need to do after reading the book aloud is talk about the story, you have to choose the right questions beforehand. Questions that are interesting and do not have stereotypical answers. Because the purpose of this step is only to strengthen the ability of children to think, not to give advice and counseling. You can also do artistic activities for different books, such as performing plays, making books, painting. These activities create a sense of joy in children and in addition to recording the subject and content of the book in their minds, they cause children to become a reader over time.

Fatemeh Maadani,
researcher and reviewer of children’s books

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